Thanks for the Origins of Profound Statements

Examples:

“I don’t give a rat’s ass.”
This originated in the 16th century when bartering with rodent sphincters was a very lucrative endeavor.

“I learned one thing…”
Straight from the mouth of the autistic inventor of the monoscope who died at birth, Dr. Uno.

“You can go straight to Hell”
Part of an omitted paragraph in the memoirs of Ann Rand McNally.

“I’d like to be a fly on that wall.”
From the famous CIA director of a clandestine SWAT team, Snoop Dogeatdog.

“You can kiss your ass goodbye.”
Olga Dominitchi said this while teaching a group of anorexic gymnasts her extreme diet plan.

“I’m all thumbs.”
A quote from a chapter in Hitchhiker’s Guide to Metacarpal Surgery.

“What a Moron!”
Started out as an accolade from an anonymous religious fanatic that had a peculiar dyslexia which only let them use the letter “m” once in any given word.

For these poetic manipulations of the English language and their roots, thank you.

~ by leakelley on November 11, 2007.

3 Responses to “Thanks for the Origins of Profound Statements”

  1. I wish I could step into your head for just one morning, so I could watch how this happens. These are priceless. L.

  2. This is classic. As an English-degreed gal, I often wonder where certain phrases come from. I know several histories of phrases but none of these. THANK YOU for sharing!

    (Wonderful blog you have here!)

  3. Thanks zazazu,
    Do you have a blog that I can visit?
    I am certain there is a lot I can learn form a gal with a degree in English!

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