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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.

There’s an app for that


Of course there is. A blogger named Corey Eridon has compiled some weird apps you might have to have … or not. Here’s a sample:

  • Cuddlr – Cuddly, a location-based networking app. It lets you find people in your area you can cuddle with.
  • Carrr Matey – This app will help you find where you parked your car, in a pirate voice.
  • Demotivational Pics – An app that reminds you that, yes, things are bad and could get worse.
  • Run Pee – A helpful app that can alert you in a movie that you have time to get to the restroom before you miss anything important.
  • Yo – An app to aid your communication skills by saying “yo” to someone you meet.
  • Spirit Story Box: Ghost Hunting Tool – An app that speaks ‘ghost’ will help you decipher what the ghosts around you are really saying.

There are some on the list not suitable to repeat or just too stupid to mention (even more than the ones above). Some apps are really helpful. Are you constantly running late? You may need the ‘Bounce’ app or the ‘Running Late’ app to notify your friends that you’re going to be late. Or you could have enough respect for your friends to change your behavior and arrive on time for once.

There are certainly a number of apps that have proved to be a great way to access information, accomplish tasks, schedule appointments, etc. I just wonder how tied we are to all our technological wizardry.

One man’s tombstone reflects our current reality: “I was so busy programming my life that I forgot to live.”

Whether you are photo shopping your cat or planning your next trip to the john, remember that more information is not always better. Life still comes down to what and who matters most. Someone has said that the best app is a face-to-face conversation. You can get all the updates you could ever want.