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Phrases I Like – Quantifying Busy

Posted by middlerage on October 18, 2012

Inspired by yesterday’s post on teachers: Volunteering – The Most fun You Can Have Standing Up, I need to update my Phrases I Like list.

I can’t believe this hasn’t made it onto my list yet, but one of the funniest phrases I ever heard was when a co-worker described a hard-working colleague we both knew. He proceeded to rip out this bon mot: He’s busier’n a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. Say what you will, but that’s busy, right there.

Welcome to the list -O- wondrous description of beehive busy-ness (former list makers can be accessed by scrolling thru the category link at left):

  • S/He’s busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest
  • Got a bee in one’s bonnet
  • Don’t get your panties in a bunch/knickers in a twist
  • Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill
  • Too clever by half
  • I’ve got to go say hello to Earl on the big white telephone (for when youse gots to vomit)
  • I’ll be there with bells on!
  • Madder ‘n a wet hen
  • Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life
  • Beat like a red-headed step child
  • Bob’s your uncle
  • Like carrying coals to Newcastle
  • A real belt and suspenders guy
  • Truth is stranger than fiction
  • Peace through superior firepower
  • Shut your freakin’ piehole
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Expect the worst, hope for the best
  • He’s so big he must go bear huntin’ with a switch
  • As big as your head
  • Better than a sharp poke in the eye
  • Piss or get off the pot
  • Tear him/her a new asshole
  • Put some mustard on it
  • Now you’re shittin’ in tall cotton
  • Raining to beat the band
  • Back-handed compliment (Damning with faint praise)
  • Hotter than a two dollar pistol
  • Brown as a berry

Contributions from readers and the Phrases They like:

  • Like herding cats (from switbo)
  • Spat the Binky (Dummy) (from Annie)
  • Hottern’ two rats fucking in a wool sock (from the muddledrambler)
  • Gird your loins (from Mark C.)
  • Put your best foot forward (from Mark C, who actually dislikes this phrase, haha)
  • Grinnin’ like a fox eatin’ shit from a wire brush (from Mark L.)
  • This is a fine kettle of fish (from anonynurse)
  • Chile so hot it burns twice (from Fatman)
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2 Responses to “Phrases I Like – Quantifying Busy

  1. Mark Leisher said

    Stumbled across this one today: http://meaningofliff.free.fr/definition.php3?word=Kentucky&lang=en

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