Idiom Wars

Hey there, Nostalgians… ^_^

Before I get to the meat of the matter… *chuckle* Sorry, inside joke. I’ll share soon enough though. As I was saying, before I get to the main post, I just want to remind y’all to please nominate my friends and I in the Naija Blog Awards in the attached categories:

The Sirkastiq Centre for Best Humour Blog

TheNakedConvos for Nigerian Blog of the Year

Afrosays So for Best Collaborative or Group Blog

Omoge Mura for Best Fashion or Style Blog

Musings on Music for Best Music Blog

London Letters for Best Personal Blog

Yinkus Pinkus for Best Faith-based Blog 

Nostalgic Words of Future Me for Best Topical Blog under the sub-category Inspirational

And for Best Book, Poetry, or Writing Blog, any one of:

Phantom Pages ,

The Sawaleh blog or

Nostalgic Words of Future Me

Please go to and use the links (highlighted in blue) to nominate these (and any other) blogs for the awards.

Tenzabunsh! 😀

And now, to the meat of the matter…

Sometime last week, someone and I were having a little convo on twitter that led me to make a statement that ended with “…what’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander” I was tempted to then add “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” but I didn’t.

At that point, something struck me for the umpteenth time.

Isn’t it funny how we have all these idioms , sayings and proverbs which on their own are pretty wise but when placed in comparison some of them actually contradict each other, even if sometimes only marginally.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander vs One man’s meat is another man’s poison is one of those examples.

Another example, especially when you look at them from the angle of relationships, is…

Absence makes the heart grow fonder/Familiarity breeds contempt vs Out of sight is out of mind.

Well, following the musing, I decided to have some witty (if I may say so myself :p) fun. I came up with statements/tweets with two or more idioms threaded in to achieve something sometimes contradictory, sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, sometimes punny and sometimes, even stupid. I chose to tag them #IdiomWars and well, here they are. enjoy…

How can what’s good for the goose be good for the gander if one size doesn’t fit all?

Feeling under the weather while it’s raining cats and dogs must be really sickening.

Best you hold your horses when pigs fly lest you end up sick as a dog.

I was wondering why the salesgirl was pulling my leg till I found out the pants would cost me an arm and a leg.

Some missed golden opportunities must be worthless in reality seeing as all that glitters is not gold. Sour grapes.

The grass is greener till you end up on the other side and go green with envy at the people who stayed back.

Easier to kill two birds with one stone when they’re of a feather and are flocking together.

A little bird told me about the birds and the bees. I ended up with all my nest eggs in one basket.

The man who is born without a silver spoon is more likely to appreciate the silver linings on cloud 9.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. The gander couldn’t lay though, so it killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.

He decided to get his head out of the clouds by trying to wrap his head around them. Yup, he’s lost his head.

Worst time to cast your pearls before swine is when pigs fly.

I took to my heels but she struck my Achille’s heel and had me head over heels. Now she’s got me under heel 😦

These idioms are doing my head in. I think I’ll put my hands down and my feet up now.

And there you have it. So, what did you think of those? Cool? Stupid? Dry? 😦 And if you think you could come up with something better… In fact, anything at all, no matter how silly it seems, go on and have a go in the comment section.

Or are you chicken? /:)

This entry was posted in Rants.

11 comments on “Idiom Wars

  1. numburwohn says:

    Oh! I think they are cool. Too hungry to think about anything now.. Err.. Later? Much later.


  2. highlandblue says:

    I found them funny. You need a new job


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  4. Ohsoluminous says:

    I had been meaning to do a post like this for the longest time. One just pointing out contradictions though, and I finally did.

    I like

    “Easier to kill two birds with one stone when they’re of a feather and are flocking together”

    So practical and funny.


  5. itune005 says:

    light and clean humor… me likey 🙂
    first time here and i must say i love your blog. and the post is cool.
    check out mine at


    • 0latoxic says:

      Wow! Your blog is rather impressive. I’ll need to sit back and read it all at once.

      I’ll let you know once i have. 🙂

      ps Sorry for the late reply.


      • howdy ola…
        its still itune005 just incase u were wondering who glowingscenes is.
        been dropping by ever so recently and I must say i like ur posts and ur blog tho some are…err…..neva mind 😉
        but the fact is that i keep coming back and i do hope to feature you someday on my blog or feature u sometime.
        ok, i think this should have gone in an email…
        oh well, cheers! will holla when its time and pls dont take about 3 to 4 months to reply,,lol
        God bless.


  6. Toinlicious says:

    And i found him. Took me a while to cross the ‘divide’ though. Not bad

    liked the leg pulling and golden opportunity 🙂

    Er, so are you going to nicely update or do i have to smoke you out?


  7. fariwonda says:

    I’m seeing this late but it was a pleasant read and I got a kick out of the jokes that ensued 🙂


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