So the Onion reports that Idiom Shortage Leaves Nation All Sewed Up In Horse Pie:
A crippling idiom shortage that has left millions of Americans struggling to express themselves spread like tugboat hens throughout the U.S. mainland Tuesday in an unparalleled lingual crisis that now has the entire country six winks short of an icicle.
Well, ha ha, wouldn’t that be funny? And if it were true, apparently, we could all haul ourselves to Moondog’s hometown of Erie, PA, where they seem to be hoarding our nation’s idioms, including:
Being the cat’s paw
It’s a horse apiece
Six a one, half dozen the other
Burns my biscuit
He assures me that “it’s a horse apiece” means something like “it’s the same either way,” but I still have no idea what “being the cat’s paw” refers to.
What are some of your favorite idioms? Alternatively, which idiom would you, er, vote off the island?