It is time to stand up for language, people, and we are going to start by eliminating a number of old-fashioned, dippy-sounding phrases from everyday parlance.
THE DIE HAS BEEN CAST
First up is ‘the die has been cast’. We are not going to say this any more. Instead we will say something else completely. Something that makes sense, like ‘this die is going to the bottom of the lake with your mother-in-law this conversation is so over.’
A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE
Next, we absolutely refuse to ever say ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ again. Instead we are going to use plain English, and say, ‘stop procrastinating, Toby, get off your barstool and kick his blimey butt.’
POP GOES THE WEASEL
One of my personally least favorite sayings is when someone up and calls out, ‘pop goes the weasel’ when I drop my popcorn all over the floor. THIS DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE. You will stop saying ‘pop goes the weasel’ and begin saying something sensible, like ‘oopsie-daisy’ or ‘sprockets’.
HERE ARE SOME MORE DIPPY-SOUNDING PHRASES. WHICH ONE SHOULD WE ELIMINATE FROM THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?