The Price of Eggs

the price of eggs it all depends on where you shop

Across the Bored and fellow blogger Bennetta Faire always get to bantering about life, laughs and literary pursuits whenever the occasion arises.  Despite growing up on opposite sides of the continent, we manage to share common bits of life experience from vintage recipes and favourite print ads to those odd pop culture references pre-internet and yes, even pre-colour television.

Our conversation are sprinkled with silly sayings, all-encompassing adages and candid colloquialisms spouted by ancestors and peers alike.  Some of them are humorous, some cheerful and sweet, some down-right awful for each one carries with it a vivid memory of occasion and the personalities that favoured them.

One in particular that still raises hackles is “What does that have to do with the price of eggs?”.  Perhaps if it had been used as a philosophical preface to ponder the deeper meanings of life it would not have rankled as much but it was usually used when an argument had been lost and there was no foreseeably valid point to be made in order to win said discussion. Drove. us. Nuts… and still does.

Are there any phrases that are particular to you, your friends and family or culture that you just love and use on a regular basis? Care to share those you despise and would have disappear into the fog of never-to-be-heard agains? Drop those idiosyncratic idioms into the comment box – you might pick up a few beauties to be used at your next dinner party…

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Brilliant

painted brilliant

diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Everyone from Craig Russell to Miss Piggy has taken a shot at this classic but long before Marilyn Monroe sashayed around in slippery hot-pink satin for her breathy version in Gentlemen prefer Blondes, Carol Channing was putting her particular stamp on this song.  The two blonde songstresses are memorable for completely different reasons – Marilyn was gloss, the epitome of desire whereas Carol was a no-messing-around, comfortable in her skin comedienne with chops that could rival any of her male counterparts. As entertainers, they were both accomplished, quick-witted and dazzling.

Wonderful performances such as these, classic movies, stunning sculpture and even a great meal often receive praise in the most direct of terms. There’s a simple phrase often used that falls into this category but which is two very loaded, distinct and completely opposite pronouncements: the first awestruck declaration is one of incredulity that such a thing could exist – a talent, picture or sound so marvellous that we feel the need to let everyone know of its wondrousness. The second, depending on how incredibly stupid the action or comment, is blurted out usually accompanied by an expletive. This too will make the rounds of friendly get-togethers and family holiday dinners, becoming the stuff that legends are made of and the source for endless embellishment as a “remember when” anecdote.  The Two Cents Tuesday Challenge states emphatically that it is – Brilliant.

“What is brilliant to you?” –  The gloss on a Cadillac or chrome of a luggage rack, Benny Hill on a roll or a crystal bowl, an amazing shade of blue, slick patent-leather shoe, Mozart or Beaux Art …

We would love to see your vision.

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?

  1.  I will post some commentary on a random topic that pops into my head (such as the above) and then ask you to respond on the same.
  2. Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: a quote, a motto or saying, an essay, poem or opinion of yours or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble – but it has to be about the topic!
  3. Please, don’t just link to an old post… challenge yourself.
  4. The Challenge will be open for 14 days (there will be a reminder post at the 7 day mark) after which I will post another.
  5. ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.

 SO – Create your Two Cents Tuesday Challenge post

  1. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Two Cents Tuesday Challenge” and add the same as a tag.
  3. If you would like your reader to see what others are presenting for the same challenge, add a link to the “Two Cents Tuesday” challenge on your own blog.
  4. Feel free to pick up your badge on the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge page
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