Heavens to Betsy!

We say some strange things. One that always confused me: “I’m just beside myself.” Does that mean there are two of me standing here? One is plenty. Or how about: “Heavens to Betsy!” No one knows who Betsy was or why heaven was involved.

Some of these sayings have an easily understood back story. A “scapegoat” comes from Jewish history. A scapegoat is a person who is a convenient fall-guy or unfairly blamed for problems. The concept originally comes from Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to driven into the desert symbolically bearing the sins of the community.

What if you were trying to learn English and heard some of these?

  • As Cool as a Cucumber …
  • Hold Your Horses …
  • Kick the Bucket …
  • Blue in the Face …
  • Storm in a Teacup …
  • Head in The Clouds …
  • Dead as a Doornail

I’m certain people have their favorites and every culture has their strange idioms. The truth of the matter is that communication is hard enough without navigating through colloquialisms. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t exercise more diligence in expressing our thoughts and feelings.

It might be as easy as falling off a log or you could gum up the works. I’m not pulling your leg that you probably have bats in your belfry. See how easy this is? You try it.

This entry was posted in Commentary and tagged on by .

About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s