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He Was Full of Vim and Vigor

Updated on October 22, 2011

When I was eavesdropping on a conversation I overheard the statement, "He sure was full of vim and vinegar." I thought to myself, what the hell? I think they meant "full of vim and vigor". "Vigor" not "vinegar". Right? It's vim and vigor. Then I thought, what in the hell does that mean anyway? What is being full of vim and vigor mean? It's good, I think. Full of energy is what I'm thinking. And it for sure isn't "vim and vinegar". That person is stupid. I know I used to think it was "taken for granted" instead of "taken for granted" but I thought it was like the person thought it wasn't worth much because it was just granite and not gold or something so I got the same meaning - even though I was more or less as idiotic as this Vinegar Guy.

So, of course, as is the way of today, I googled it when I got to my computer. And it was more or less what I thought. It's a redundant expression that conveys a sense of energy or exuberance. But then I decided to google "vim and vinegar". There were over 25,000 hits for that. A few of them ridiculed the person (as they deserved) for using vinegar for vigor. But several of them seemed to be legit. Some guy has a blog vimandvinegar - there was a book at Amazon. Are all these people as daft as that poor SOB from Ohio, Phil Davison, that has that viral youtube going around!??!

I'm going with those people are whacked. Just like Phil Davison seems to be in that YouTube and just like that guy I was eavesdropping on was. Just like when I thought it was "granite" for "granted" or "mute" for "moot" in the "moot saying". Yeah, I thought it was "the point was mute" up until college where I got ridiculed for it. If I was in college now I certainly would've ridiculed Mr. Vinegar. Especially, if I had an iPhone or something where I could've confirmed it was Mr. Vinegar who had it wrong and not Mr. Granite.

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      JBeadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks. The whole hub came as an aside from a rant I was making when I jokingly said "vim and vinegar" actually and then found out that "vim and vinegar" wasn't so far off. Still, I go with Vim and Vigor as the proper saying! Thanks for the read and comments Winsome.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Vim Synonyms: activity, dash, drive, energy, enthusiasm, fire, force, kick, oomph, passion, pep, pepper, push, spirit, strength, vigor, vinegar, vitality, zeal, zing

      Hey any three letter word that means all that is worth preserving. My oomph and pepper have often waned but when push comes to kick the vinegar trickles back with a dash of zing and pep and fire and I'm good.

      Thanks for the fun. =:)

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      JBeadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      @Rob - glad I could give you a chuckle. Great way to start a day (with a chuckle).

      @Rasta - I love to ridicule the ignorant. Sadly, and as you already know.... often I AM the ignorant one being ridiculed!!

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      Rasta 7 years ago

      It's always fun to ridicule the ignorant. As long as they can't punch you in the face.

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      Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Funny. I got a good chuckle over that.