Mad as a cut steak
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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