Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bizarre Idioms

Everyone around here's been saying:

It's colder than a witch's you-know-what!
The problem? I'd never heard this figure of speech until recently. I find this odd, because I grew up in a little town in Nebraska where hare-brained idioms similar to this one enshrouded the lexicon of civilization as I knew it at the time.

So no, I-didn't-know-what! I had to Google it. No, I won't link to the answer, and now I know why people mince words with this one.

As I write this, it's 4 degrees outside. It'll likely be below zero when I wake up. I'm looking forward to it. The roads were clear today, so they'll be dry in the morning. I'm breaking out The Twelve.

Just in case I get the urge to ride all the way... I have my arsenal of warm stuff ready to rock:
  • Lycra base layer (long sleeve top, cycling shorts)
  • Polyester thermals (top and bottom)
  • Flannel Pants
  • Cargo Pants
  • Hoodie
  • Windbreaker
  • 3 pair of socks (and grocery bag corners)
  • Mittens
  • Balaclava
  • Ski Goggles
I should be all set, but I am setting out some some extra stuff to grab on my way out the door. You know, just in case.

I'll probably wimp out and ride to the bus. It'll be colder than a witch's you-know-what (or do you?)


Joshua Kriegshauser said...

Now I do.

Apertome said...

Not a new idiom to me, although I didn't know the origins until just now.

I'm glad you are still riding. I am somewhat but not having a commute it's a lot harder to motivate myself sometimes.

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