Tuesday, June 28, 2005

At one point, I used the expression, “Beard the lion in its den” in front of The Doktah and Bitter Guy. They accused me of making it up. “No!” I said. “That’s a real expression!”

“Oh, come on,” they said. “You bearded the lion in its den? You expect us to believe that means something?”

“Look it up!” I told them. So they did. It turns out that the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the transitive verb “to beard” as:

1to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution, and often effrontery
or
2to furnish with a beard.

Needless to say, there was much merriment made of definition two, and we immediately instituted the policy of using “noun me” to mean “furnish me with a noun.”

Also needless to say is that there was much gloating done by me about the existence of the phrase, “beard the lion in its den.” Granted, I am used to people my age questioning the legitimacy of certain phrases that are a part of my vocabulary. Because apparently, I have the slang vocabulary of an eighty-year-old woman. I have been known to say, without irony, “dang,” “cripes,” “new digs [in reference to an apartment],” and “criminey.”

But the crowning glory is my use of the phrase, “Now we’re cooking with gas!”

Seriously, that’s a real expression. I didn’t make that up.

2 comments:

EditorKit said...

Aren't you going to give credit where credit is due and id the if not the author, the most frequent user ever of those sayings?

Doktah said...

I believe the conversation went something like this:

Mo: "Now we're cooking with gas"
Doktah: "What?!?"
Mo: "What? It's an expression. People use it all the time."
Doktah: "I can believe people use it when they used to have an electric oven and then they switched over to gas. Other than that, I don't believe you."