Welcome to Cliche Thursday, where each week we deconstruct 5 expressions that we’ve all become a little too familiar with and ask you for some of your own least favorites.
Today we’re focusing on a few food related expressions…
Here we go…
“It’s as easy as pie” – Is it as easy as baking a pie or as easy as eating a pie? Because baking a pie isn’t very easy. Not that I’d know because I’ve never actually done it. Because it’s hard.
But eating a pie? Easier than breathing. And arguably more important.
“Don’t cry over spilled milk” – Seriously, if you’re gonna cry, go do it somewhere else. All the leucine enkephalin in your tears mixes with the phospholipids in the milk makes it a real bear to get out of the carpets.
Go cry over the plants in the family room, they need to be watered.
“Everything from soup to nuts” – What spectrum could we possibly be talking about in which soup is all the way on one side and nuts are all the way over on the other side?
Perhaps this expression originated in the world’s first grocery store in which the canned soup aisle was along the north wall and the nuts were stacked along the south wall. And when the stock boy asked his boss which aisles needed to be swept, the manager replied, “Sweep the whole store! Everything from soup to nuts!”
“It’s hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk” – But how hot does it actually have to be?
…so hot that no one else is outside using the sidewalks who might step on your eggs.
…so hot that you can also toast bread on a sewer grate.
…so hot that you need to put your cup of coffee in the shade or it will evaporate into nothingness.
…so hot that if you need cheese for your omelet, you can squeeze it right out of the cow’s udders.
THAT’S how hot it is.
“He’s the bread winner of the family” – But the truth is, they’d be able to afford some meat and potatoes too if he was gainfully employed.
Heck, he doesn’t even need to get a job, he just needs to start entering contests that offer a better first prize than bread.