You know how I am. (If you don’t just pretend and play along) I was commenting on a post (again) and emailing Blue (again) and some things popped up that bother me. I don’t know why these things bother me but they do. So I had to write about them. I know, shocker!
The old saying “clean as a whistle” is one of the stupidest sayings I’ve ever heard and yet it is commonly used. Think about that one for a while. Can you think of anything as disgustingly filthy as a whistle? Picture a ref at a football or basketball game. (Bear with me non-sports fans, this isn’t a sports take it’s a whistle take.) He runs around sweating like a pig and salivating like an overweight black lab, blowing constantly into his damn whistle. Can you imagine how that bad boy would smell after the game? What if he’s a smoker or worse yet a tobacco chewer? What if he needs a belt of whiskey (strictly for medicinal purposes) before each game and during his halftime break? What if he doesn’t have good oral hygiene? What if he had a garlic onion limburger sandwich for lunch? Nope. Anyway you look at it, a whistle is not clean. Stop saying that.
Another thing that struck me as stupid or at best unnecessary is the word “past.” We already have the word “passed” as in the times passed you by. Since something in the past is actually something from a time which has passed, we don’t need two different words here. Who decided past was required? The past tense of pass is passed. Why can’t it be: the passed tense of pass is passed? Isn’t history things that happened in the passed? I call superfluous wordage!