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 […]

RED HERRING: a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.

red herring

I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, NCIS-LA, the other night.  It was an episode which took place in a fish market.   At one point,  Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)  comes up holding a plastic bag in which a large, red fish is seen.   Always the jokester, he displays it laughingly and says, ” […]

GOD GAVE A GOOSE: refers to someone who is very foolish

I was listening to a very serious commentary on the Fiscal Cliff issue on television when I heard the commentator say that he had been talking with a prominent member of the House of Representatives who said that there were “50 people in the House he believed God gave a goose for.” (paraphrased from an […]

GOT TO : to have as an obligation, as in “must”

It’s no surprise to anyone to hear me say that I think President Obama is bright and articulate.  He may well be one of the best orators to serve as President of the United States.  I don’t really care whether he uses a teleprompter or not; his delivery is effective.  His team of speech writers […]