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August 15, 2012 / diannegray

Mad as a cut steak

A friend of mine is constantly misquoting sayings. She does it so much that I’ve ‘caught’ it off her and now do it on purpose as a bit of a joke.

I was reminded of this when I wrote my last post about annoying things and Justin commented that he misquotes sayings on purpose and this can annoy people.

He told me one to say to people who like Star Wars is – Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only ‘choice’.

I’m pretty sure the saying ‘Mad as a cut snake’ is Aussie (please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), But my friend always says, ‘Mad as a cut steak‘ – which sends me into fits of laughter, because she fervently believes she’s right.

I wrote the novel Let Sleeping Gods Lie with the misquotation of, Let sleeping dogs lie. In the novel I have a minor character who constantly misquotes without realising (just like my friend).

George W Bush was a classic misquoter and the one that sticks in my head is –

There’s a famous saying in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says fool me once – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.

He was not only misquoting a quote, but misquoting song lyrics as well!

Misquoted song lyrics are just as rib-tickling.

I became the butt of the family jokes when I was singing along with Jimi Hendrix one night. It went a little bit like this ‘There must be some kind of way out of here, said the trumpet to the theme.’  I’d like to say I was about ten years old at the time, but I wasn’t – it was about a month ago.

My hubby totally cracked up. ‘It’s the joker and the thief’, he said. ‘I can’t believe you didn’t know that!’

Um – I always thought it was the trumpet and the theme! The other (much better known) misquote from Hendrix is that classic, ‘Scuze me while I kiss this guy!’

Do you misquote? What is your favourite misquoted line?

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  1. bodhisattvaintraining / Aug 15 2012 6:05 pm

    very funny 🙂
    I’m not sure if I read the title as ‘mad as a cut snake’ or if I just didn’t see anything wrong with steak !! but it took me a bit into the post to notice ha ha


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 6:20 pm

      I actually thought people may think I have the title wrong…

      Also – I couldn’t find a picture of a mad cut steak (LOL)

      Thank you so much for reading, commenting and liking 🙂


  2. tomsimard / Aug 15 2012 6:09 pm

    What comes immediately to mind is from Riders on the Storm. I have always heard (and still do), “If you give this man a ride, sweet Emily will die.” Emily is actually memory.


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 6:22 pm

      Hahahaha! Love it! There are so many of these I get wrong – I think it would take pages to explain them all.

      Thank you so much for that addition 😀


    • Silverdragon / Aug 18 2012 10:31 pm

      I always thought it was “sweet *family* will die”!!


  3. cashbackmonster / Aug 15 2012 6:20 pm

    i deliberately sing song lyrics wrong because it annoys my husband! (instead of jingle bells, ‘christmas’ bells, among many an example). but when people misquote sayings and believe they are without a doubt, correct, i get so irate! my mum often says visa-versa (visa? vica? visca? hmmm,,,). my husband also calls a turret (like part of a castle, or a gun turret), a turrent. two small examples… i’m already getting mad just thinking about it! 😀


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 7:15 pm

      Totally know where you’re coming from! My husband replaces the word ‘you’ with ‘poo’ when he’s singing (I never realised how many ‘yous’ were in songs until he started doing this!) It’s really annoying, especially when my mother loves Olivia Newton John’s song ‘I Love You, I Honestly Love You’, and she’s playing it when my hubby is around. He does it because he knows it sends me nuts!

      My other pet hates are people who say ‘anythink’ instead of ‘anything’ – yes – I’m getting riled too now (and laughing loudly at the same time – if that’s possible!)



      • Amanda Lohan / Aug 16 2012 1:40 pm

        OMG! Andy does this all the time!!! He’s ruined so many songs for me… but none more so than “Electric Blue”…


      • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 3:17 pm

        It must a boy thing – Nilsson ‘I can’t live, if living is without you’ used to make me feel good, now it just makes me giggle 🙂


  4. sophypoo77 / Aug 15 2012 8:21 pm

    Your post and the comments made me chuckle out load, even my 11 year old came over for a read.


  5. Bill Bisgood / Aug 15 2012 8:59 pm

    My Aussie son-in-law gets irked when I say ‘Don’t come the raw prune.’ Of course I can’t resist so I suppose I’m am raw prawning him. 🙂


  6. Don't Quote Lily / Aug 15 2012 9:34 pm

    Haha, totally took me a bit to realize the title was off. 😉 I can’t stand misquoted song lyrics. I have a thing with memorizing songs. But there are definitely songs that are hard to understand…so annoying. 😉


    • diannegray / Aug 15 2012 9:39 pm

      I’m pretty sure some singers do it on purpose – and this is why my mother has never liked the song, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ – she thinks it’s rude 😀


  7. danpentagram / Aug 15 2012 9:43 pm

    Haha – love this, though i’m pretty sure i’ve never heard the phrase ‘Mad as a cut snake’ before so i’m guessing it is in fact Aussie. I am a fan of Avril Lavigne and a song from her first album called ‘I’m With You’ was a song i use to love to belt out in the shower. Though the line ‘I don’t like to be alone’ really did sound like ‘I don’t like to be yellow’!!

    Imagine my embarrasment when i saw her live in concert when i sang along singing ‘yellow’ and everyone around me looked at me with enraged eyes!


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:00 am

      Hahahahah! How embarrassing!!!

      😀 😀 😀


  8. sophypoo77 / Aug 15 2012 9:50 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, and as a token of my appreciation for what you do I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:01 am

      Thank you, Sophie! That’s very nice of you 🙂


  9. brittskrabanek / Aug 15 2012 10:07 pm

    Dianne, this is hilarious! The trumpet and the theme…I’m giving you a thumbs up over here. I know I have some of these, but for some reason I can’t think of any first thing this morning. Darn! I’ll be back if I think of something.


  10. justinwriter / Aug 15 2012 10:41 pm

    Love the cut steak! I’ll have to use that one.

    Lawrence of Arabia, soon to be played by Robert Pattinson, once said ‘Take no prisoners!’ In the movie with Peter O’Toole it was misquoted as No prisoners! No prisoners! I have my own version that I like to annoy my son with—Take all prisoners! It’s stupid, I know, but it’s fun to misquote in front of those who have an obsession with correct quotes. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:07 am

      Thanks Justin (and thank you for putting the idea in my head in the first place!)

      Another me for me is when people say -‘pacific’ instead of ‘specific’!


  11. bulldogsturf / Aug 15 2012 10:43 pm

    I often sing the wrong words but being a hard head I will argue with the kids that I’m right,,, even when they show me on the internet I’m wrong I will still argue that the internet has it wrong… really gets their back up… and that I enjoy… love this post….


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:09 am

      Hahaha! What a classic! I can visualise it 😀


  12. ly / Aug 16 2012 12:10 am

    My absolute favorite–a friend of mine is always saying,”Well, it’s six of one three-quarters of another.” Of course, this make no sense. The end of the saying is half dozen of another! I just don’t try to correct her–I enjoy the chuckle.


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:11 am

      You’re right – I makes no sence, it’s doing my head in! 😀


  13. ocdreader / Aug 16 2012 1:18 am

    My favorite song lyric was from my mom, she was singing along with Huey Lewis…”I wanna new truck!” instead of drug. Haha, I was in high school and thought she was so dopey. My brother thought Electric Avenue was “walk down to electric babaloo” I guess we watched too much I love lucy? However, I now make up song lyrics all the time. How else can you sing along? I always feel chagrine when I realize the true words though.
    My sister and I will switch the first letters of words when we talk too fast – Once it was, Will you lub some rotion on my back? I don’t know what that is! I think a spoonerism is when you switch the words…which we tend to do as well. Once she said, when asked if she wanted to go fishing, “But ain’t got no fish no pole!” That was the weirdest and I still don’t know where that came from.
    And last but not least, it isn’t a saying, but my girlfriend always says she “had a thought in her brain” which always cracks me up, where else would she have a thought? I never said anything cause I just love it.
    Super fun post!! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 7:21 am

      ‘I want a new truck! – fantastic! 😀 I’m going to sing it that way next time I hear it.
      I think it may be a spoonerism when you switch the first letters of words (I’m sure there’s someone out there who will let us know).
      Your sister sounds like a lot of fun to be around!
      I’ve heard people say – I was just thinking in my head or my brain and I wonder ‘why state the obvious?’ But it’s funny to hear 😀
      Brilliant comments here – so glad you enjoyed the post!


      • Silverdragon / Aug 18 2012 10:37 pm

        Yes, that’s right, Dianne – spoonerisms are the swapping of letters – e.g. the Sugly Isters (instead of Ugly Sisters). I really wish I could remember the comic who does the whole of Cinderella in spoonerisms – I wonder if the interwebs could help… 😉


  14. newsofthetimes / Aug 16 2012 1:47 am

    The classic – “There’s bathroom on the right”! 😉 Great post!


  15. ethelthedean / Aug 16 2012 1:51 am

    Love it! I just recently realized that I have been singing a George Michael song wrong my entire life. I always thought it was “I will be your bottom feeder” and not “I will be your father figure.” Who knew? Both are equally strange in my opinion.


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 8:15 am

      Oh – hilarious! “I will be your bottom feeder” – I think I just pulled a stomach muscle 😀 😀


  16. jmmcdowell / Aug 16 2012 2:37 am

    Well, since I’m not familiar with “mad as a cut snake,” the steak didn’t seem so out of place! R.E.M. songs were great for misinterpreted lyrics—and purposely so. Of course, none of my favorites are coming to mind just now…. Definitely a fun post!


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 8:20 am

      It may be the mistaken line of ”Call me when you try to wake her” for ”Calling Jamaica” that you’re thinking about.



  17. uniqueweirdness / Aug 16 2012 3:19 am

    My husband does that all the time. He is also the king of screwed-up colloquialisms. He frequently refers to “smoke and mirrors” when things have nothing to do with magic or illusions, like when the pharmacy routinely screwed up our co-pay, he called it “smoke and mirrors” instead of a scam. I love calling him on it!


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 11:08 am

      Smoke and mirrors – magic or complete trickery 🙂 and you’re right – scam is different, unless you’re my elderly neighbour who told me recently he had ‘scam’ in his inbox! 😀


  18. cocoaupnorth / Aug 16 2012 4:12 am

    Very funny:-)


  19. starproms / Aug 16 2012 7:10 am

    No! I never misquote (smile) but I know plenty of people who do… heard constantly:

    windowscreen wipers


    I’ve heard those two so often that now I find myself using them!


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 9:57 am

      You just reminded me of my nephew who used to call windscreen wipers ‘screaming windows’.:)

      I’ve never heard of ‘laundryette’ but I’ll probably use it from now on 🙂


      • starproms / Aug 16 2012 7:00 pm

        Just like annoying songs, which won’t leave your mind, these word changes tend to stick as well. I’ve even caught myself calling it a laundryette on occasion!


  20. 1girl4adamwest / Aug 16 2012 11:00 am

    Too funny! I can never remember quotes (just like jokes) but, indeed it’s funny when you hear them all jacked up. LOL


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 11:14 am

      It’s not something you really think about until someone mentions it and then you think, ‘I know there are some I’ve heard and laughed at before, but can’t remember what they are’! I’m exactly the same with jokes – I NEVER remember them. Sometimes I get home from work and tell hubby I heard a really good joke – when he asks what it is all I can say is ‘I can’t remember how it goes exactly, but…’ 😀
      He never thinks its funny!


  21. magpye / Aug 16 2012 12:35 pm

    It’s been 17 years of wedded bliss and I still cannot get my husband to stop saying ‘For all intense purposes’. It makes me want to put a pillow over his face while he’s sleeping….


    • diannegray / Aug 16 2012 3:08 pm

      Oh – now that’s a beauty!!!

      My aunt used to say ‘I could care less’ and my uncle would always remind her fervently it’s ‘I couldn’t care less!’ He said it was so annoying she was going to send him to an early grave 😀


    • Silverdragon / Aug 18 2012 10:40 pm

      Oh, that one made me laugh – thank you so much!! I also can’t stand “I could care less”. Could you? Off you go then, turn down that care factor!


  22. Amanda Lohan / Aug 16 2012 1:38 pm

    My friend does this all the time and it drives me nuts! One of her best is referring to rote learning as “rope learning” 😛


  23. karenblopez / Aug 16 2012 10:12 pm

    love it!!


  24. 4amWriter / Aug 17 2012 9:39 am

    My hubs used to think the words to the song You’re The One That I Want (Grease Sdtrk) were actually You’re the Wooly I Want. He believed this well into his 30s until I set him straight.

    I still don’t know what a wooly is, or what he thought it was. I probably don’t want to know.


    • diannegray / Aug 17 2012 4:46 pm

      Hahaha – who knows! Maybe it was something he was thinking about the first time he heard the song. He may have been cold 😀


  25. appletonavenue / Aug 17 2012 11:10 am

    Misquotes drive me nuts: My favorite is Walk the Talk. WTF? I see it more and more every day. Now no one seems to know the quote should be Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk. One doesn’t walk a talk. Sheesh.


    • diannegray / Aug 17 2012 4:50 pm

      I find that really annoying as well! It’s like sayings are being shortened by people who don’t actually know the original.

      I was listening to the radio this morning and the announcer was interviewing a singer. He asked her a question and she said, ‘That’s a whole nuther matter.” What on earth does that mean? That’s a whole other matter?


      • Silverdragon / Aug 18 2012 10:42 pm

        I always thought that “walking the talk” meant to do what you said you were going to do, which is probably a perversion of the original meaning. Kind of like putting your money where your mouth is.


  26. Tiffany / Aug 17 2012 8:53 pm

    Haha! Love this! Reading the comments are as much fun as reading the post.

    I constantly get on my hubby’s nerves. I have a knack for misquoting song lyrics. But my must annoying misquote is from the 8 mile movie. At the end they are having a rap battle and I am always saying “My boy Future is an open time”. This annoys him to no end. He’s constantly reminding me that it’s “my boy Future is an uncle Tom”.


    • diannegray / Aug 18 2012 6:49 am

      Hey Tiffany – Sometimes I think the comments can be more entertaining than the posts! There’s a lot of very clever people out there – I’m thinking of writing a post about funny comments one day!
      Open time – Uncle Tom! I can see why this could get misconstrued 🙂 The funny thing is, once I know something like that annoys someone I do it even more! 😀


      • Tiffany / Aug 20 2012 3:45 am

        Haha! I would love to read that post!

        I can only imagine how fun, funny and annoying you are… 😉 I would hate that terribly. *Mental note: don’t let Dianne in on any of your pet peeves.* Haha. My husband tends to do that. I have to reciprocate it to even out the playing field. I have to admit it is fun but I hate when he does it to me and I end it all by feeling like a hypocrite…. Do you see how conflicted I am? Lol…


  27. Pairodox Farm / Aug 19 2012 11:04 pm

    Clearly a great post, judging from all of the comments. Yes! I know lots of folks who misquote – drives me absolutely INSANE. My daughter does it lots – with both quotes and individual words. Do you remember the comic, Rodney Dangerfield? He used words incorrectly all the time – but that was probably part of his act. I have colleagues at school who do so in professional communications – how embarrassing for all involved. I wish I could quote some of the misquotes I’ve received in emails – but I delete those very quickly. Really nice post. D


  28. Aimée Myers / Aug 20 2012 11:23 pm

    Both my partner and I love music from the 80s. The best misquote, which still makes us both laugh, comes from when I was singing to Men At Work. I’d never heard of Vegemite – being a Brit, we have Marmite (yummy!). So I was singing “He just smiled and gave me a bit of my sandwich”. Which I thought was quite a good lyric at the time.
    Now we deliberately sing it wrong whenever it’s on the radio 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 21 2012 8:04 am

      That’s hilarious – because it makes perfect sense! I’m going to use that next time the song comes on just to confuse my fellow aussies! 😀


      • Aimée Myers / Aug 22 2012 1:08 am

        Have you heard of the comedian Peter Kay? He did an awesome stand up tour where he was performing songs with incorrect lyrics. The best one, which made my sister and I crack up laughing, was a rendition of ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge. Instead of ‘Just let me state for the record…” he sang “Just let me staple the vicar…” – try and watch it if you can. It’s hilarious!


  29. Sonya Loveday / Aug 25 2012 12:51 am

    Hello Dianne 🙂 Great post! I just stumbled across your blog and stopped to read this post along with all the comments and had a good chuckle. I too, thought I’d share one of those word mix-up’s with you. My son had the hardest time saying “at least”, I say had because we brow beat him into saying it correctly…for now. What he used to say was something like this…”Mom, I fell off my bike, but aglease I had my helment on”….sigh “Yes, son aglease you did.” Thanks for letting me share!


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2012 8:17 am

      Hahaha – thank you for sharing Sonya! That’s absolutely gorgeous!

      My daughter used to say ‘othen’ instead of ‘oven’ when she was little and even now when I put something in the oven I think of it 😀


  30. Sonya Loveday / Aug 25 2012 12:53 am

    …lol I guess I’m no better…..helmet. Phew, now I feel better.


  31. Aimee / Aug 28 2012 9:51 am

    So funny! There’s a hillarious video of misheard lyrics for Pearl Jam’s notoriously incomprehensible Yellow Ledbetter ( My favorite “lyric” is Potato Wave…I have no idea what they’re really saying, but now I sing Potato Wave every time I hear it. As for your Hendrix line, I would much rather kiss a guy than the sky any day!


  32. ramblings from a mum / Sep 8 2012 6:23 pm

    Thank you for liking my Post Dianne and thank you for visiting. I loved this piece and yes mad as a cut snake it a true blue aussie term 🙂 With changing of words, it reminds me of 2 songs my daughters sang when they were little by Helen Shapiro “Not, not, not responsible not, not, not responsible” was “Knocked knocked, knocked your tonsils out” and our famous “Waltzing Matilda” ended up “Waltzing the Tuba”. God luv ’em 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 8 2012 6:32 pm

      Hahaha – they’re hilarious!

      I remember reading somewhere someone said their child thought Advance Australia Fair words were “Our home is dirt by sea” instead of “Our home is girt by sea”

      Thank you so much for sharing 🙂


  33. moderndayruth / Sep 17 2012 8:51 am

    My father misquotes (on purpose), it’s too funny!!! I think i have too much of Virgo in my natal chart to do it myself lol (albeit i love hearing it ;))


    • diannegray / Sep 17 2012 9:02 am

      I love it when people misquote on purpose 🙂 It happens a lot in my family and really cracks me up! 😀


  34. ramblingsfromamum / Sep 22 2012 5:30 pm

    I’m also terrible at saying ‘slow as a wet wig’….and never knew why I got looked at strangely… Pfft my age I can say it how I choose…. can’t I??? 🙂


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