“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t.” —Yogi Berra.
The expression “by Jingo” is apparently a minced oath that appeared rarely in print, but which may be traced as far back as to at least the 17th century in a transparent euphemism for “by Jesus“. The OED attests the first appearance in 1694, in an English edition of the works of François Rabelais as […]
The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would – for example, in a civil action for negligence. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated and intelligent […]
Pig in a Poke. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke
I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy! – The Honorable William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles (1974) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0152998/quotes The Governor expected everyone to show agreement with him by giving him a ‘harrumph’. One politician neglected to do so until urged on by Hedley Lamarr.
What the heck are these? Eggcorns and mondegreens http://grammarist.com/mondegreens/
Which is it? Happy median or happy medium? http://grammarist.com/eggcorns/happy-median-or-happy-medium/
I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas executes one. – A Tagline from somewhere sometime back.
“Computers are dumber than people but smarter than programmers”, Jerry Pournelle
“Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper
“Physic” – Advertising Sign A psychic in a town close by had an office. Nice location on a busy corner. Had one of them $100 dollar vinyl signs to advertise her business, Palm Reader, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves, and Physic!!!! I saw the sign but couldn’t believe it. Went around the block and checked it […]
“Dislpay Sold” I worked in a large retail establishment for 6 years. Always a good laugh there if you looked for it! The first year I was there, someone had went through a bunch of display items, priced them at a good discount and placed them on a prominent isle table. They then printed out […]
The rule for hiring boys – “A boy is a boy. Two boys are half a boy! Three boys are no boy at all.”
Why does the dog wag its tail? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog. – Caption at the beginning of the film, Wag the Dog! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog
“Come up and see me sometime”, Mae West
The “Battle of Los Angeles” is the name given by contemporary sources to the imaginary enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage that took place over Los Angeles, California, just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reports of an imminent strike on the city led to the sounding of air raid sirens, the […]
BNBR – Abbreviation for Be Nice Be Respectful http://www.abbreviations.com/BNBR There was also this one Brighton Naked Bike Ride (with photos)!!!! Look that one up yourself if you feel the need.
Don’t get it right, just get it written. James Thurber Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/james_thurber.html
I really hesitated to include this word in this directory. ‘Sheeple’ is one of two words I really hate… The other is ‘consumer’. Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a derogatory term that highlights the herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd […]