Where have the Metaphors gone?
Metaphors are the Best learning tools!
In today’s society we seem to have lost the meaning of so many different sayings that us ‘olders’ were brought up on. So when they are spewed out of our mouths, the younger generation looks at us with total confusion as though we have sprouted horn and our faces have turned purple.
When ever my daughter hears phrases such as “Why buy the Cow when the milk is free” it has to be explained in detail for her to understand. It makes me wonder what have all of these children been learning? Aren’t teachers using Metaphor’s these days? If this is the case does that mean our age old Parables have gone by the wayside as well?
To me I find this sad. I loved hearing metaphors and trying to figure out the meaning as a small child. I do remember asking when I was younger what some meant. But I was young, as in pre-teen. To me they taught me things in a funny way, so it stuck.
Some of my Favorites
“Shit-fire, save matches”… No need to cock your head to the side and look at me like I’ve lost my mind, I’ll explain. If you can shit fire, why would you need matches? My Mom had a way with words, and this was one of her favorites to use.
“Why buy the Cow when the Milk is free?” In reference to a man and woman. Why would he marry the woman when she gives herself sexually without the benefit of vows? For a woman (years ago) the goal was marriage, in order for the man to marry her, she needed to refrain from sex. If she gave up the sex, why would he marry her?
“Why buy the Pig for a teeny-weenie sausage” - This is a newer one in reference to a woman marrying a man. It has been said that men are pigs, hence the reference. The sausage is in reference to his private parts.
“That Sucks Buttermilk” - If you’ve ever tasted buttermilk, you’ll know it’s sour.
“Stinks on ice” - Ice freezes things, if it still smells after it’s frozen it has to be bad!
“You made your Bed, now lie in it” - This is your life, if you screwed it up, that’s tough, you’ll either ‘smooth out the sheets’ or live with the lumps.
“Horse-feathers” - Yeah, this is better than swearing.
“Eat Crow” - This one is a little more difficult to explain, but I’ll try. When you are determined that you are right, and it is finally proved that you were wrong, you must eat crow. Why Crow? Because Crow’s are large, and they have LOTS of feathers, feathers are hard to swallow, they might get stuck in your throat.
“Foot and mouth disease” - This is where you are speaking to someone and you inadvertently say something that you REALLY wish you would not have. If you stick your foot in your mouth, well, then you can’t talk.
“Diarrhea of the mouth” - This means that your speaking too much, running on and on. Mostly nonsense.
“That left a bitter taste in my mouth” - This is in reference to either saying something bad, or hearing something bad about another person. It could also be used in reference to doing something wrong. Bitter taste is not pleasant.
“Shit and 2 is 8 - a fart’s a fraction” - Honestly, I have no idea what this means, but my Mom used this and I always thought it was funny. I’ve used it, it comes in a more exasperated tone when doing so.
“You’d better close the barn door before the horse gets out” - This is in reference to a boy, and his zipper being undone.
“That’s like closing the barn door after the Horses get out” - This is in reference to doing something too late.
“Dumb as a box of Rocks” - Does this really need an explanation? My pet rock might have something to say about that! No just kidding, I never bought one.
“Busier than a 1 legged man in a butt kicking contest” - Think about it…. You just gotta picture it.
“Screw the Pooch” - This means you’ve really messed up…
“Six of one, half dozen of another” - This means exactly the same.
“Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul” - I explained to my kids ‘You’re still in the hole no matter what’…
“Don’t burn your Bridges” - In reference to relationships with others, if you totally end a relationship (burned the bridge) and in the future you may need something they have to offer, where are you going to turn to?
"Shit - Fart - Damn, Old Miss Mitchell" - Honestly I have no idea what this means, it was used by my Mother-in-Law, who didn't like to swear, only after consuming quantities of alcohol.
Let's bring them back!
There are many, many more and I could go on for days, but these were just a few favorites of mine that I have shared with others. Feel free to share yours in the comment section below.
Don't be afraid to use them! Sure the kids will look at you like you've come from another planet, but what the heck, it could be fun!