Stuck my foot in my mouth… wait… what??


I was telling a story about an embarrassing moment I’d had where I accidentally insulted someone and I said “I totally put my foot in my mouth.” Then I realized, WHAT??

Idioms. Those things are WEIRD. I mean, if you think about it, why would it ever “rain cats and dogs” or “it takes two to tango” refers to placing blame in a situation? How do people come up with this stuff?

As a science fiction writer who DOESN’T write about Earth, I’ve found I CAN’T use these phrases because those things don’t exist. There are no cats and dogs (although there are nikana (which are a type of feline) and itsu birds, but it doesn’t quite work the same.)

What about you? What’s the strangest, oddest, “out of this world” idiom you’ve ever heard?


PS- Extra update: The trailer for Hollow’s Prism: “Aftermath” will be on youtube shortly after the new year!


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  2. oz v

    My favorite is “Happy as a clam at high tide”, tho it actually makes sense in its own way. Just always draws a stare when I use it. And I always blamed my (sometimes) bad breath on having my foot in my mouth so often!
    Oz V

    PS Does this mean you are going to include some non-earth idioms in your writing?? Or have you?

  3. mom

    that cartoon was hilarious! and i think there’s a reason behind most of these types of phrases, but i’ve just never taken the time to look them up. one of my favorites is ‘uglier than a mud fence’, which really isn’t out of this world, but it always tickles my innards when i hear it. i suppose ‘tickles my innards’ might also belong in this category. it’s really kind of goofy when i think about it.

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