Tuesday, November 29, 2011

cliché: king's ransom, a

Meaning: a lot of money (example)

Rewrite 1: a royal dowry
Rewrite 2: a CEO's buyout
Rewrite 3: a whistleblower's hush fund
Rewrite 4: a lobbyist's expense account
Rewrite 5: a child's nap bribe

Comment: This idiom originated with ulterior motives, so I tried to stay with that theme in rewriting it, even if playfully so.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cliché: kick the bucket

Meaning: to die (example)

Rewrite 1: kick over the chair
Rewrite 2: knock over the bucket
Rewrite 3: choke on the rope
Rewrite 4: trip into the tight loop of a noose
Rewrite 5: lose the wiggle-room battle with a noose

Comment: This idiom originates from a reference to suicide - tying a rope to a tree, hanging one's self by the rope, standing on a bucket, and then kicking the bucket out from beneath one's self. I've made these rewrites mostly based on that reference.

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