This morning I heard an interesting expression that was thrown at meâ€¦someone described a new restaurant they tried over the weekend as being: â€œthe bees kneesâ€, which apparently means, it was very good!!
So this got the curious grey matter that I was given bubbling and I got to thinking: Â â€œHow many other proverbs are there to describe things?â€ Maybe I have uncovered the meaning to why pests where createdâ€¦to make awesome proverbs for us to use, of course.
So to discover a few common pest proverbs I went to visit a good old friend, who is very knowledgeable when it comes to these sorts of investigations, google.com
Here are a few pesty proverbs and sayings I found:
“Don’t let the bed-bugs bite” a long-winded way of saying sleep-tight which means get a good night’s sleep. Oh the english language is a funny onion. On no – another strange phrase!
â€œShe’s got ants in her pantsâ€ This is commonly used to describe someone who is very restless and cannot keep still.
â€œAn ant across the ocean is seen, but not the elephant nearbyâ€ This proverb is of Malaysian decent and basically describes a person that sees flaws in other people and doesnâ€™t see the huge obvious faults in himself.
â€œBeetle awayâ€ Means to move away quickly
â€œBeetle brainâ€ This is quite an obvious one, it means to be not so smart or clever. We all have our moments
â€œBookwormâ€ This one is used quite often. It describes a person who reads many books. Are you a bookworm?
â€œAs snug as a bug in a rugâ€ I like this one, my dad told it to me when I was a young lad. It means to be very snug, warm and comfortable. Warm in bed on a cold winterâ€™s day.
â€œDo not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchetâ€ This one is from Chinese decent and basically means donâ€™t aggravate a small problem into a bigger problem.
â€œA bugâ€ Commonly used in the computer world, a fault in a machine (computer)
â€œBug-eyedâ€ eyes that stick out (e.g. He was bug-eyed with fright)
And here is one that is not really a proverb, but a rather funny tongue twister, which I personally think each employee should be able to say before a meeting to show that they are fully awake and alert.
â€œBig black bugs bleed blue black blood but baby black bugs bleed blue bloodâ€
Does anyone know where the “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” saying comes from? And, if you have any more sayings about bugs let us know!