This morning I heard an interesting expression that was thrown at me…someone described a new restaurant they tried over the weekend as being: “the bees knees”, which apparently means, it was very good!!
So this got the curious grey matter that I was given bubbling and I got to thinking: “How many other proverbs are there to describe things?” Maybe I have uncovered the meaning to why pests where created…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!
“She’s got ants in her pants” This is commonly used to describe someone who is very restless and cannot keep still.
“An ant across the ocean is seen, but not the elephant nearby” This proverb is of Malaysian decent and basically describes a person that sees flaws in other people and doesn’t see the huge obvious faults in himself.
“Beetle away” Means to move away quickly
“Beetle brain” This is quite an obvious one, it means to be not so smart or clever. We all have our moments
“Bookworm” This one is used quite often. It describes a person who reads many books. Are you a bookworm?
“As snug as a bug in a rug” 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 winter’s day.
“Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet” This one is from Chinese decent and basically means don’t aggravate a small problem into a bigger problem.
“A bug” Commonly used in the computer world, a fault in a machine (computer)
“Bug-eyed” 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.
“Big black bugs bleed blue black blood but baby black bugs bleed blue blood”
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!