Two Phrases to Phase Out

Do you see your face in this bowl?

“What do I look like–chopped liver?”

When people use this expression, they’re trying to say that you’re not giving them the attention or credit they deserve. It’s true that chopped liver deserves no attention or credit–it’s disgusting. But who looks like chopped liver?! Much less, why would you make people consider the possibility that you do actually look like chopped liver? “Yes, actually, in that light, you do resemble diced pig liver.” Is that really what you want to hear?

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

I have a cat, so I take particular offense to this one. Why are people thinking about skinning cats? Why is this the golden standard when it comes to being able to do something more than one way? How about, “There’s more than one way to peel a potato?” The last thing I want to think about is people skinning cats. With a lot of these expressions, if you think back about 400 years, you can understand why they made sense. But when in the history of time was there a person in town whose job it was to skin cats in a variety of ways. You have your butcher, your blacksmith, your haberdasher…and your trusty local cat skinner. You need a cat skinned? Give him a ring. Need another cat skinned in a different way? He’s still the man for the job.

What expressions would you like to see phased out?

8 thoughts on “Two Phrases to Phase Out”

  1. Did you actually chop up liver solely to take a picture for this blog? If so, that’s true dedication. (I guess it’s better than a picture of a skinned cat though.)

    Sticking with the cat theme, I’ll throw “It’s raining cats and dogs” into the mix. Odd phrase. I’d like to replace this with the popular disco hit, “It’s raining men, hallelujah.” Why not? Makes just as much sense.

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    • Ha ha…no, I pulled that photo off Google images. I really, really do not like liver.

      Great point about “it’s raining cats and dogs!” I completely agree.

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  2. If you’re going to “kill 2 birds with one stone”, sounds needlessly cruel. I’m not a fan of birds, but if they are minding their own business then leave them alone to live.

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