"tongue in cheek"

     Tongue...one of my favorite words...who among us cannot conjure up hundreds of different visions when the word "tongue" is spoken or written.

     Tongue idioms circle the globe in every country and every language.  They  can be used to describe almost anything a writer or speaker wants to convey.

    The speaker told his joke with "tongue in cheek" but the audience wished that he had "bit his tongue" and one member of the audience even yelled out that he would have a better chance of getting elected if "the cat got his tongue".

     My favorite is "don't let the door hit you in tongue on the way out".  What?...I know your thinking, "that's not an idiom" or "who the hell said that"?

     Well, Jeanie Bingle said that when I was ogling her "oh so delicious body" way back when I was still able to ogle correctly and I might have even been able to perform to those ogles if Jeanie Bingle had been so inclined.  But, alas poor Grizz, she wasn't and she sent me on my way with those words.

     So, even though, the rest of the world may not agree, I believe it is an idiom that should make the list.  I don't believe there is a man in the world that has not had the same experience and it's not my fault that only girl wise enough to say those words was Jeanie Bingle.

     Of course, I tell you this short tale with "tongue in cheek".

Note:  Old Grizz will be on the Navajo Indian reservation for next week trying to help what little I can.  So, if you are so inclined to leave a word or two, I will be grateful. If I can get service over there I will try and respond and drop a note on your blog.  If not, I will catch up when I get back.

 Ahéhee' and Hágoónee' (thank you and goodbye)...said with Navajo  "tongue in cheek"


  1. Jeanie Bingle sounds like a girl to be remembered..what a name..funny how we carry these characters with us..good luck on the reservation..Jae

  2. I've known a few Jeanie Bingles in my time. One was named Gabriela - a stunner, full of the old come hither, until one went thither, then it was "Begone, knave!"
    Love the idea of the Indian reservation, I've always wanted to visit one but have never made it to America.

  3. How many times did my tongue hit the floor with admiration of a ripe peach in front of me. No wonder Jeanie Bingle was so apt in her comment. Surely the expression is worth a place in literary archives. It is certainly better than my own experience of "What are you looking at Old Egg?" When it was patently obvious!

  4. G'day Grizz, the Fiji version of that is Bula Vinaka. Enjoy your trip to the res, I await your writing about that.

    1. thanks Linda...glad you are back

  5. Weird! I commented yesterday, and now it's disappeared. Nevermind. I knew a girl like that - her name was Gabriela, all come hither, until one went thither, then it was "Begone knave!"
    I like the idea of the Indian reservation trip, always wanted to visit one myself, but never made it to America.

  6. it's still their Altonion and you almost repeat it word for ..amazing