Several months ago Brian and I were driving up to Portland with a group of friends. An accident occurred about a half mile ahead of us on the freeway when we were almost to our destination and the following came out of my mouth: "Well, I hope it isn't anyone we know."
And then I sat there and thought good and hard about what I had said.
It wasn't very nice.
I hoped it wasn't anyone I knew so that I could simply save myself the trouble of mourning the injury or possible loss of a friend. But whoever was in that wreck was somebody's friend, somebody's kid, somebody's parent. And how would that somebody feel to hear me express my obvious relief that I didn't know their loved one (lucky me)?
My dad pointed out another dumb thing we humans say. I'll be honest with you. Oh, REALLY? Will you? I am so happy and lucky that I would be the one you would decide to be honest with, just for this one instance. I now realize that you have been dishonest with me ever since I have known you (you scoundrel), but since you have prequalified your next statement with this common phrase I will now believe every blessed gem that falls from your lips.
This phrase is particularly dubious when uttered by politicians.
Next, one that is an actual idiom. A revolting phrase that I can't believe civilized people utter. But I say it, you say it, and the Queen of England has probably said it without realizing we were actually calling someone a poop face. The idiom is brown nosing. Think about it. This phrase quite literally means that you've gotten poop on your nose while you were kissing somebody's bottom.
Are you disgusted? You should be.
The saying is not only unflattering for the supposed 'bum kisser' but for the bum kissee as well, especially since we all now know that they didn't do a very good job wiping. And another thing. If someone tried to kiss my derriere I would slap their little shmoozing face. I wouldn't be nicer to them.
I'll be honest with you, I hope the person in that wreck wasn't anyone I know because he must have totally been trying to brown nose the car in front of him.