This morning I woke up, early, to the sound of rain on the roof of our R.V. Rain on a camper’s roof is always amplified, maybe because there’s not an attic between the occupant and the rooftop. Anyway, although it was was barely raining, it sounded like it was raining cats and dogs. Well, not literally! My next thought was where did all these expressions or idioms come from that we all seem to use? I wonder if I grew up hearing more idioms than the average child? An idiom is an expression that means something other than the literal meanings of its individual words. I think most of them came from my mother and I wonder if using them denotes the lack of an extensive vocabulary. They come to mind oftentimes when there seems to be no words sufficient to describe something that’s happening. I woke up dog tired (very tired) .
Maybe its because I’m living a dog’s life(a difficult life). Of course, that’s not so, as I’ve spent the last several months here in Florida away from the harsh winter in northeastern PA and I’m enjoying the sunshine and pleasures of a warm climate. Today, I invite you to watch shirlandyou like a hawk (carefully) for idioms generally related to animals and I wonder if you will find these same sayings tucked away in your mind?
I don’t expect any conflict over what I write today. because these expressions have been ingrained in our vocabulary since we were only knee high to a grasshopper (very small). When conflict does arrive, though, have you noticed how pigheaded (stupidly stubborn) a person can become? This dumb cluck (persons acting stupid) then looks for someone who can become a scapegoat ( innocent person to blame).
I think that choosing idioms related to animals is most appropriate because there are times when people act like them. For instance haven’t you ever met a bullheaded person (obstinate)? They try to butt heads (to argue fiercely) sometimes with a sheepish (embarrassed) friend.
In this dog eat dog world (there is a lot of competition in life) we feel we are barking up the wrong tree (have the wrong idea) and are chasing our own tail (not getting anything done).Some might say they feel like they are beating a dead horse (a hopeless situation)
Do you feel as if you’re going through life walking on eggshells (trying not to offend others), this generally results in butterflies in the stomach (feeling nervous). My best advice to you is to get your ducks in a row (be organized), and remember that the early bird gets the worm
It was early when I began to write this shirlandyou and now its time to stop. Why? Because I’m as hungry as a bear. I’m hoping you’ll be a good egg and tell others to “like” shirlandyou. Remember that the early bird gets the worm.But then, who wants worms for breakfast? It’s not good practice to wolf down your food. Oops. I got started again. But I quit now, with this reminder that it would be the cat’s meow if you write to me.