Thursday, February 15, 2007

Busy As A Bee

Last week, while preparing for big meetings and for my mom's visit, it was extremely hectic. I caught myself coming and going. Co-workers laughed at me when they heard about all of my errands. At least three said I was "busy as a bee."

"Busy As A Bee?"

Wandering thoughts...
'Just how busy is a bee? Pretty busy, I guess. That honey makin' and all. Yep. Pretty busy.'

But, how about "Sly As A Fox?"

Wandering thoughts...
'Are fox sly? Did I say that correctly? Are foxes sly? No, I think it's definitely fox for plural. It would be pretty humorous if foxen was the plural. OK, back to the question. Are fox sly? Well, they are awful sneaky while trying to break open those hen houses. So, I guess so.'

But, "Happy As A Clam?"

Wandering thoughts...
'Are clams really happy? How could one tell? Is it all about the shell looking like a smile? Then, are clams really happier than, say, oysters? Why couldn't the saying be "happy as an oyster" then? Maybe we should spread the word on this new one.'

I'm amused by these animal similes. Tons to choose from. Have any favorites? Please weigh in with your thoughts on their accuracy. Better yet, if there is no popular simile for your animal of choice, please feel free to submit your ideas for a new one.

Maybe the Green families would have something particularly insightful to post about skunks or squirrels. Maybe the Brown family and ShowJumper could comment on horses and mules.


Piano Man said...

I don't know if this is what you are looking for or not.

I was in a sales course one time where the instructor was talking against using slang expressions in sales presentations. He was from the south and mentioned the expression "happy as a mule eating sandburrs."

He said that mules sometimes get into a patch of sandburrs and eat them. He then explained that the burrs would irritate the gums of the mule and cause swelling that pulls the mule's lips away from its teeth which makes it look like the mule is smiling. His point was that even though it appeared that the mule was happy and smiling, he was actually in pain. Thus, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to use that particular expression in a sales presentation.

Dani said...

"Just Ducky," It's one that some of us use alot, since we are Mallards I thought of that first. It means just fine. It conveys this laid back feeling too.

"Happy as a Lark," I guess because they sing right pretty. I like them well enough.

"Content as a horse knee deep in clover" (you can sub horse with almost any four footed animal) that one actually makes sense to me, from watching horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, and the like.

Well that's enough for me for tonight.

strem said...

I had never heard that before, Dad... but I can imagine a mule in this situation.

Dani? Chris? Anyone else from the south? Have you heard this simile often?

strem said...

Dani, you read my mind about the lark. Are their songs prettier than others? I fear I do not know.

I mentioned 'sick as a dog' to someone who reads the blog because I wondered why a dog would be chosen as the epitome of sickness. (Anyone know?) But, they told me they had heard 'sick as a parrot' more often. I was speechless. Has anyone heard that also, and do you know what makes parrots (or dogs) so sick?

Anonymous said...

how about

Dingy as a bat

Wliey as a Coyote

Loony as a Loon

Cagey as a Crow
Crazy as a Coot
Silly as a goose

Mayne I can think of more ::: alan

Anonymous said...

Forgot Stubborn as a mule alan

strem said...

Brother Paul and Sister Barb have submitted the following similes and metaphors for consideration:

Poor as a church mouse
Quiet as a mouse
Stubborn as a mule
Drunk as a skunk
Mean as a snake
Mad as an old wet hen
Mad as a hornet
Eats like a bird
Eats like a pig

strem said...

I have no idea if a coyote is crafty and cunning. And I'm clueless about the carefulness of a crow. (I had never heard that one before.)

I had to look up the real meaning of coot. Turns out it is a northeastern shore bird, much like a duck, that dives for fish. Also called a Scoter. Brother Alan confirmed this. But, I cannot figure out of the 'crazy' refers to this bird or to an old crotchety man.

strem said...

I am afraid the loon has been the unfortunate recipient of an unfair descriptor... just because its name is so similar to the shortened version of lunatic. That isn't nice! But, maybe some of you have spent more time around loons than I have. Are loons loony and geese crazy?

Just like drunk as a skunk. I haven't seen a skunk weave back and forth, but that's just me. Seems like we've created an inaccurate simile because of a rhyme - just like kids on a playground.

strem said...

What makes a church mouse any more poor than any other mouse?

(I have more questions than answers.)

I'm a big fan of "madder than an old wet hen." Mom used to say that a lot. It reminds me of another that I've heard only a couple of times: as scarce as hen's teeth. I had a rooster once, but I wasn't tempted to look for teeth.

Anonymous said...

Crows are very wary and crafty birds.

And also on the coots waterfowl hunters refer to coots as crazy because the swim right up you in very large groups and swim around with the decoys as if the decoys are alive.. hope this helps...

Oh and if you have ever been around and seen a loon the way they bob up and down and then give out their moanfull cry they seem knida nutso.... alan

Sandy-san said...

Proud as a lion. I can believe that lions are prouder than, umm... say chickens. They look prouder, at least. When hens cluck, do they look proud?! *scratching head*

Worked like a dog. Do dogs work harder than cats? I know they generally work harder on getting my attention! *slobber* YUCK!

mikee said...

sings like a bird
drinks like a fish
hungry like the wolf (coined by Duran Duran, circa 1982)

mikee said...

free as a bird (a la Lynard Skynard)

lots of bird similies, huh?

strem said...

Yes, birds are frequently involved, aren't they?

I wonder which is busier... the bee or the beaver? Which is more proud... the lion or the peacock? Which is more mad... the old wet hen or the hornet? (I wouldn't want either coming after me.) Which is more blind... me or the bat? (The bat, of course, but I am getting closer, unfortunately. Just had an eye check-up.)