English is a funny language. I was meandering around the internet and was going to blog saying ‘life is like a bowl of cherries’ as I was having a good day, had enjoyed great company and so on. Then I decided to actually do my own mini research about the saying and I realised someone could misinterpret my words. You see, those actual words, ‘life is like a bowl of cherries’ are often used sarcastically or humorously as an idiom or turn of phrase whereas I have always used them at face value. I don’t think I have ever turned them around.
You see, I would think it is akin to taking from a luscious bowl of juicy fruit. If you dive in then you take a chance on something nice. Dive in once, one chance, dive in twice, two and so on. So, if life is like a bowl of cherries then life is good. It is good today – if my earlier companion is reading this!
What about ‘honesty is the best policy’? Is it? I tend to think so but I can waver on this one. When asked ‘does my bum look big in this?’ I might not answer exactly, but if I did think the vision unflattering I would suggest a change of outfit as the person may look better in something different. I wouldn’t say they had a big rear, but would be kinder with my words. Remembering a recent shopping trip with a friend makes me giggle. I picked up a pair of trousers and asked her if she thought I could wear them. Her answer was ‘not when with me’. We roared with laughter so much the shop assistant frowned at the disturbance of her peace!
At another angle, I am definitely a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. I have been told I have a sunny personality, I hope I think in more positive ways than negative. Even saying ‘glass half full’ could start a discussion about proverbial phrases and are you a ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’ type. Which, if any, is correct?
Proverbs, another whole host of sayings that can get confusing. ‘A watched pot never boils’ – yes it does if it’s on the correct heat source and you don’t take your eyes off it! ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ – yes it can (in my family it does) but sometimes it makes you realise you aren’t looking forward to that person coming back! You see, just a couple of strange examples here. I could spout for hours.
I enjoyed English at school, one of my favourite subjects. Perhaps I need to go back to learn how to use it properly.
As I finish, I shall end with a favourite of mine
A little of what you fancy does you good….