Friday, May 18, 2007

A face like a foot

I've twice recently come across people using "toe-headed" when they mean "towheaded." I'll grant you, "towheaded" is an odd-sounding word. But "toe-headed"? Really? What do people think that even means?*

*Warning: The image this links to is a little disturbing.


ChefNick said...

Yeah, I hate it when people write "tow the line." Seems to make sense but ain't the original phrase.

But if you want to really bug me, use "carrot and the stick" improperly.

The most amazingly intelligent people still think it means the carrot is the reward and the stick is the punishment, when the original meaning was that you tied a carrot onto a stick and onto a donkey's head so it would mindlessly walk forward trying to eat it.

THAT bugs me.

MsYvone said...

How about "Have your cake and eat it too" That doesn't make sense, cause you can have your cake and then eat it.
It is SUPPOSED TO BE "You can't EAT your cake and HAVE it too" Why? cause you already ate it.
I suppose this is from being brought up with "If you eat the point of your pie, there's no point in eating the rest" what torture.

TwoBusy said...

Then there's the collegue of mine who keeps referring to the magical fine toothcomb we use to double-check our work.

"What kind of comb did you want us to use here?"
"A toothcomb. A fine toothcomb."

TwoBusy said...

I am also, incidentally, reminded of the Blue Oyster Cult classic, "She's As Beautiful As A Foot."


Oh! Gravity's on Fire said...

well i'm not positive, but i think that picture is of a left thumb on the head instead of a toe...