Mrs A. said something the other day about fixing my little red wagon. Never mind why. I've heard the expression bandied about, mainly via Daffy Duck cartoons, but where did it come from and what the hell does it mean?
What happened to my little red wagon that it needs fixing? Am I insured? Should I take the insurance payout and upgrade to a blue wagon with less mileage? What possessed me to own a little red wagon in the first place?
And while we're on the subject, what about other sayings?
If I'm happy as Larry, and Larry is having a bad day, is there some unspoken agreement that I have to be cranky just cause he is? Who is Larry, and why is he the benchmark of feelings of joy and goodwill? What if Larry and I don't get on? Can I be as happy as someone with whom I have something in common?
Going off like a frog in a sock. Not so mainstream perhaps, but one of Mrs A's favourites. What other amphibians would suit other types of hosiery to describe something similar. Is it a local saying? Do the French go off like grenouille dan le chaussette?
And why are pigs so happy in mud. Well I suppose that's obvious, but why the comparison. Why not as happy as a nerd in Tandy, or a woman in a shoe store?
Sober as a Judge. Not bloody likely. Pissed as a parrot. When have you truly seen a member of the family pasittacidae with a beer in its claw?
Tickled pink. I have spent many a time tickling nieces and godson, hoping for a change in colour to no avail. Well maybe blue.
What expressions mean nothing to you? What expressions need to be brought into the 21st century? Updated to suit our modern lifestyles.
See you round like a record. Sorry, C.D. Sorry MP3. I'm lost.