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Six of One, Half Dozen the Other

Adding a Couple More to ‘Phrases I Like’

Posted by middlerage on June 11, 2014

I won’t say I like it like it, but a phrase I find very useful and do employ quite often is Six of One, Half Dozen the Other. It just helps make decisions, when you know there really is no difference. In fact, I might make that my code phrase when I’m meeting a fellow spy: foggy train platform; I approach a man in a trenchcoat; I glance shiftily everywhere but at him; I breath deep on my cigarette and then blow out a stream of smoke while saying, “Six of One;” He responds, “Half Dozen the Other;” the briefcase is exchanged and world collapse is averted.

Speaking of cigarette smoke, a phrase I absolutely love is the one you say when you are trying to ascertain if some one is pulling one over on you: Are you blowing smoke up my skirt? Hah! I am continually impressed with how colorful, nay poetic, slangy English can be. What a perfect metaphorical image – the soft, tickley smoke gliding up your private places, lulling you into credulousness. And not just credulousness but pleasurable credulousness. There’s hoodwinking, selling a bridge, pulling the wool over your eyes – all fine words – and then there is blowing smoke up someone’s skirt. Awesome.

Here is the updated list:

Contributions from readers and the Phrases They like:

  • Crazy as a soup sandwich (Mark L.)
  • Colder than a witch’s tit (Switbo and Nieuwguyski)
  • Harder’n a woodpecker’s lips (Mark L. (?))
  • Real nice and Kentucky (from Mark L. and means something fits well, well made)
  • 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)

My contributions:

  • You’re not tryin’ to blow smoke up my skirt are you?
  • Six of one, half dozen the other
  • It’s colder than a well-digger’s wallet
  • Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty
  • 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 if you’re over the pond)
  • 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

2 Responses to “Adding a Couple More to ‘Phrases I Like’”

  1. It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info.
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  2. Anonymous said

    “Nuttier than squirrel shit” might have a place on the list.

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