TIE A BOW ON THIS PIG: to make something good out of a bad situation

bow on a pig

Anyone who was paying attention during the presidential election of 2008 will remember the numerous times the idiom, “like putting lipstick on a pig,” was employed.   The entire idiom continued, “It’s still a pig.”  While it’s a humorous idiom, it was used in  a sexist, nasty way to refer to Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate […]

PATERNAL: relating to one’s father or one’s father’s side of the family

Those who engage in the hobby of genealogy make a clear distinction between the maternal and the paternal branches of the family.  I’m told that there are patterns which are common in genealogical searches, in that some families are more easily traced on one side, but there is difficulty on the other.  I suppose it […]