Saturday, April 14, 2012

"M" Is For "Moot Point"

I'm really bad at knowing what sayings actually are.

For instance, I just found out the term was "moot" point not "mute" point.  Moot means having no practical significance.  Thus, in an argument, when someone says that's a moot point it means it doesn't matter.  I always thought people were saying it's a mute point.  Meaning soundless.  Along the same lines.  I'm just embarrassed for all the times I was trying to sound smart and make a point and telling people their points were mute.
Another one I've struggled with up until i was 26 is: Nip It In The Bud.  I thought it was Nip It In The Butt.  Like, give that bad habit a little spanking on it's butt and that'll set it straight.  Nip It in the Butt!  It's apparently "bud."  You nip the bud before it flowers into a real problem.
I'm also horrible with song lyrics.
There's a country song.... hey now... don't judge.  Don't "x" out of my blog just because I listen to country.  I'm still hip.  Anyway, country song by David Lee Murphy.  Called "Dust on the Bottle."  I never knew that's what it was called and would always sing along:
"There must be a little dust on the bible.  But don't let it fool you about what's inside."  I never really liked the song because I thought it was a little too Christian Contemporary to be playing on "Today's Hottest Country."  I get the Bible is good scripture and sound doctrine and you shouldn't judge a book by it's dusty cover.  But...uh... glad I never called in to voice my complaint.

2 more:

Sheryl Crow's Steve McQueen.
"Like Steve McQueen!  All I needs a fax machine."
Why does Steve McQueen need a fax machine?  Oh!  He doesn't need to fax anything he needs a fast machine!

Shakria's SheWolf
"I'm starting to feel just a little abused like a coffee machine in an oven."
That would be abusing a coffee machine.  But who puts coffee machines in ovens?  Are they just burning them?  Does someone want to put Shakira in an oven?  No.  It's coffee machine in an office.  Which makes 6 million times more sense.

I gotta' thank Ken for always setting me straight on these.  And judging me as minimally as he can.

13 comments:

DoublClik said...

I just don't think flowers should be nipped!

shannon said...

I thought the same thing about the dust on the bottle song! But I also thought it was about finding your faith after a long time! Yeah, dust on the bible! I love your blog by the way.

SkippyMom said...

"For judging me as minimally as he can."

I am laughing, because it comes to song lyrics I am surprised Pooldad stayed after the second date. So I can definitely sympathize with you.

Way back when, in the olden days, he was a mobile DJ outside of his day job. He had all the equipment, would work nights, weekends, weddings, bars, you name it. He was really good at it and the extra money was great, but.....it put me at a disadvantage. Although I have always loved music and loved all genres [except rap] I would belt out tune after tune in while around him. We always had music on, I was always singing and he was forever trying not to let me see the bemusement on his face. I caught him one day and finally got him to tell me why he was laughing. Whoo boy - we spent the whole night [me embarrassed, him laughing his "bud" off, heehee] while he told me every single song he could remember that I screwed up the lyrics on. The whole night turned into the wee hours of the next day, because evidently I slaughter A LOT of tunes.

Sigh. I don't sing so much anymore, but I can still catch the twinkle in his eye when I do.

PS I like dust on the bible better too. :) And I love the pic' of you. Did you have to forge your marriage certificate to get married girl? You look 12. giggle That's a compliment [if you can't tell.]

Hugs to you my friend. Glad there is someone else out there just like me. Whew.

Juli said...

My sons always sing it their own way. Garth Brooks Two pina coladas went from "Give me two pina coladas, one for each hand, we'll set sail with Captain Morgan and never see dry land" to... "we''ll set sail for California"...

Um, boys... we can just drive there. No need for a boat.

BUT the best one I ever heard (not from my kids)was for the Pina Colada song.

The lyrics are "If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain."

The kids sang it "If you like bean enchiladas, and eating corn in the rain."

Amanda Heitler said...

That's hilarious and familiar.

For years and years I thought there was a line in King Lear that went "meet my daughters" - which made sense sort of, but not as much as the actual line which is "weep my daughters".

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ejwforeman said...

When I first met my husband, I said a million of these things wrong and he was constantly poking fun at me for it! Glad I'm not alone in this.

Joshua said...

This might be a moot point, but...
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...RUN!!!!!

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Kar said...

I laughed so hard when I saw your title on my blogroll, because I remember when you discovered the Moot Point thing. I do this kind of thing all the time - but it's from visually reading something and not knowing how to pronounce it. So I'll try to use it in a sentence, and people are like, huh?? I wish I could think of an example. Okay, I thought of one. Barrage. I thought it was pronounced like "carriage." So when I tried to use it, Ben was like, Dude. You pronounce it like "garage." I felt dumb.

Lynn Proctor said...

reminds me of recently--my daughter insisting it was "rock the cash bar"

Patty said...

@DoublClik- We're obviously sisters.

@Shannon- Glad to know I'm not the only one. It makes sense BOTH ways. That's what I tell Ken at least.

@SkippyMom- It makes us more lovable, right?

@Juli- I like the mexican food version of the Pina Coladas in the rain song!


@Amanda- Funny how we can MAKE things make sense.

@ejwforeman- I wish I had something to make fun of Ken for! I know celeb gossip and he doesn't... mostly because he doesn't care.

@Joshua- Not moot at all. And certanily not mute either. I wanted to post a silly picture so I didn't come off as taking myself too seriously.

@Gina- Thanks! I go onto your blog almost every day now.

@kar- Your song lyrics you told me about once- had me rolling!

@Lynn- Those aren't the words? oh great.

Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

I have done this so many times I can't even count. It always gives us a good laugh though! haha

Aubree said...

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the lyric is: "you dropped a bomb on me," when all along i thought they were saying "you dropped a bumble bee." Made perfect sense to me.