Nov 19 2014

That Nose Has Sailed

Published by at 2:43 pm under Quotations, Malapropisms & More

I should have been updating my collection of odd quotations and malapropisms. Here are a few:

  • Today, Katie wrote to me and quoted her conversation with Peter: “That train has sailed, I’m afraid,” she told him.
  • This from Cheryl a couple years ago: “You don’t want to bite your nose to spite your face.”
  • I have a couple quotations from Molly when she was an irritable teenager. While we were stopped at a red light, she impatiently demanded, “Why are we going so slowly?” And in the summer of 2007, upon waking while camped out on the river, she wondered crankily, “How did this dew get all over everything?”
  • More than once, Mom has said, “She had a double-cow cat-fit.”
  • Once I drove up to a hotel we were staying at and said, “Ooooh, goody! They have a golf course! Oh, wait. I hate golf.”
  • An e-mail from Syd: “The flight from Sydney was smooth sailing.”
  • I don’t recall from whence I gathered this: “It was salad years.”
  • From an Internet chat: “This may, however, be a mute point.”
  • And one that Molly reminded me of a few days ago: Her school principal wrote, “The children sang in dulcimer tones.”

That’s all I can find for right now.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “That Nose Has Sailed”

  1. Eleni says:

    What should the “double-cow cat-fit” really be? I’ve been having a gay old time swapping words and letters around to figure that one out!

  2. Ginna says:

    “Double-cow cat-fit” is simply a Mom-ism. I don’t remember if my grandmother also said it. If someone’s having a double-cow cat-fit, they’re seriously upset.

  3. Eleni says:

    I see. Thanks! I will make a point to work it into every conversation from here on out.

  4. Molly says:

    I was never an irritable teenager; I don’t know what you mean.

    Quite a few of these are transportation-themed. All trains must sail, it’s true.

  5. marianna says:

    reminds me of our kid toby and what we used to call tobilish. as a toddler, instead of “really?”, he would say: in the whole life?
    we still use that today.

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