Thursday, April 18, 2013

cliché: bats in the belfry

Meaning: crazy or eccentric behavior.

Example: Swerving across three lanes of busy traffic, he must have been navigating with bats in his belfry.

Origins: 1900s American authors of various genre.

Definition and Origins Source.

  • bats in the tower
  • squirrels in the attic
  • spiders in the crown
  • monkeys in the museum
  • gremlins in the observatory

Discussion: This is about erratic behavior, so a rewrite should be about erratic-acting animals in tall or stable places.


Anonymous said...

pigs in the pantry?

Booksville Bookclub said...

Yes, that works! Nice one.