Famous Sayings #146 — ‘Good Egg/Bad Egg’

April 21, 2019

When you told assigned Brandon to this team, I didn’t know what to expect, but he was all that you said he was and more. I’ve never been on a more productive team and it’s all thanks to Brandon’s input. He really is a good egg.

Johnny, the school yard bully, is a bad egg.

Since April 21, 2019 is Easter Sunday, I figured I would look at a term that dealt with a theme of this holy day: eggs. Based on the title, this looks like a two-fer, but it’s really a three-for-one. There’s another type of “egg” that I’ll mention in the post, but it’s not a common phrase in the United States.

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Famous Sayings #145 — ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’

April 14, 2019

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer will you be mine
Hey, I heard it through the grapevine
And I’m just about to lose my mind …

A year ago, I received an email from Quartz Obsession that looked at the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine,” which, as you know, is a title of a song sang by Marvin Gaye and many other artists. Since this is a very famous phrase, I immediately saw it as a future Famous Sayings post. However, I didn’t know how much I add to the research already done by the writers and researchers at Quartz. As it turns out, there was a lot more research to be done since the Quartz Obsession post (which can be read online) mainly looked at the history behind the song.

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Famous Sayings #144 — ‘Spring Break’

April 7, 2019

When I was growing up, Spring Break was scheduled around Easter, but college students usually have their break early in the year.

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Image cropped. Original image by gregorykirkjohnson from Pixabay

The first time I took notice of Spring Break — beyond the Easter Break I enjoyed during my elementary school days — I was watching MTV, and I caught a glimpse of young coeds partying during concerts. That never really interested me because, back then, MTV was more about the music during most days and whenever I tuned it, I wanted to hear music — or watch Daria, when that was on.

What I never really noticed was how long MTV’s Spring Break tradition had been running or how the American tradition for college students had been going. It’s an interesting history, but not without its pitfalls.

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Famous Sayings #143 — ‘April Fools’ Day’

April 1, 2019

April Fools’ Day is celebrated on April 1 of the year. Just about every country has their own tradition.

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I meant to have a Famous Sayings post up yesterday, but life (and sleep) happened. Yet since today is April 1, I decided to do a post dedicated to today’s holiday of sorts, April Fools’ Day. This post could have been done last year had I left the Famous Sayings posts on Sunday, but here’s another opportunity.

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Famous Sayings #142 — ‘Forty Acres and a Mule’

March 24, 2019

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Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891, artist. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The phrase “forty acres and a mule” hits on a touchy subject: the issue of reparations for many Black Americans. This is something I must write about, especially since it is an issue for several Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.

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Famous Sayings #141 — ‘Luck Is when Preparation Meets …’

March 17, 2019

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

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Image made by me. May use with permission.

Here’s your second Famous Sayings post for today. Since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I picked out one that deals with luck.

The first time I heard the phrase, “Luck Is When Preparation Meets Opportunity,” I was watching the film “Little Black Book” starring the late Brittany Murphy as Stacy Holt. Early in the movie, Stacy’s mother (played by Sharon Lawrence) told her daughter, “What did I say about luck?” to which Stacy replied, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” That always stuck with me.

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Famous Sayings #140 — ‘Do Not Go Gentle …’

March 17, 2019

Do not go gentle into that good night …

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Original image by Sheila in Moonducks via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If you were looking forward to more Famous Sayings posts, today is your lucky day. I missed a post last week, so I’m making up for that. And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, this is part of a twofer.

Every now and then, I will hear someone on a television show or in a movie say, “I will not go gently into that good night,” or some variation of it. Given the context of that dialogue, the meaning might be clear, but it may differ from the original iteration, “Do not go gently into that good night.”

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Famous Sayings #139 — ‘Treading Water’

March 3, 2019

No matter what we do, somethings it feels like we’re treading water each month. We barely have enough money left over after paying our bills.

Believe it or not, this term was kind of a last-minute decision for today. While planning out the next few months, I had to switch some things around, but to my surprise, there was no phrase planned for today. So, I chose a phrase that reminded me of one situation I was in a couple of years ago.

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Famous Sayings #138 — ‘First, They Ignore You …’

February 24, 2019

First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win

Chances are you have a version of this quote. I believe I first heard it a couple of years ago, but I never really thought about the origin until now. In looking up the saying, though, I discovered that the basic idea behind it was centuries old.

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Famous Sayings #137 — ‘I Cannot Tell a Lie’

February 17, 2019

I cannot tell a lie. It was I who chopped down the cherry tree.

Augustine Washington, George Washington, cherry tree, I cannot tell a lie
John C. McRae after a painting by G. G. White [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day (officially named George Washington’s Birthday), so I wanted to use a quote associated with the first president of the United States. The above quote is often attributed to Washington, but it is a misquote of dialogue from a very familiar story.

The story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree and admitting it (while saying, “I cannot tell a lie”) is well known to many Americans. However, many historians believe that the story was fictionalized. There is proof that cherry trees existed on the farm was George Washington lived when he was 6 years old, but no proof that the incident happened.

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