10 Brand Spanking New Idioms

As I was driving home from my day job (I’m a PR Manager for a home improvement company) I had an epiphany involving candy and the old idiom “the best things in life aren’t things.” Such sage advice was pouring forth from my muse that I had to do something with my newfound wisdom.

What do we do with new idioms and epiphanies in the digital age? We tweet ’em…


It’s true. Can’t really argue with that. Perhaps non-candy lovers might argue with it…but I’ll never understand why someone wouldn’t love candy. Never.

It got me to thinking of a few more new idioms that have potential to change the world. And by “change the world” I mean “maybe make you smile.” (Add your own in the comments below and I’ll tweet it out this weekend!)

1. It takes two to tango, but one person can look ridiculous too.

2. Actions speak louder than words, but then nobody gets to hear you yell.

3. Clothes don’t make the man unless she’s a woman dressed up like a man, then they kinda do. (Tweet that)

4. One man’s trash is another man’s Craigslist.

5. Borrowed this one from internet sensation (you’ll love her or hate her) Mirandasings


6. Strike while the iron is hot, sure, but even a strike can be done in the cold if the union is behind it.

7. The pen is mightier than the sword–unless it’s this pen:

giant pen

8. A bird in the hand is worth poop in your hand.

9. You can’t have your cake and eat it too but I do at almost every wedding.

10. There’s more than one way to skin a cat but they’re all disgusting so you really only need one way. (Tweetable?)

10.5. Yes, two heads are better than one, but two noses would be pretty weird.

Which one is your favorite?

Got a new idiom to share? Add it in the comments below with your @twittername and I’ll tweet them out this weekend with an @mention!


Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • From my dad, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and he’ll say, ‘Where’s my free fish?’ “

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  • Your idioms did just change the world! And by change the world, clearly I mean made me smile.

    It’s an interesting place inside that head of yours, isn’t it? 😀

    • Mission accomplished! Glad it made you smile Jason!

      And yes…I’m always a little surprised what ends up coming out when I write. Very fun!

      • Makes life more interesting that way!

  • Teresa Carter

    There’s actually a great visual to go along with Idiom #1 here: http://youtu.be/XoeN7WI9KWI – there may actually be one for #10 as well, but I wouldn’t recommend it 🙂

    • That’s hilarious Teresa! I haven’t seen that movie…looks very fun. Thanks for the smile!

  • Andy Black

    I saw this one on a greeting card over 30 years ago and it has stuck with me as sage advice indeed:

    Never teach a pig to sing. It’s a waste of time and annoys the pig….

  • You’re a funny man, Andrew. The clothes making a man/woman one made me laugh 🙂

    • Making you laugh is an honor, Mr. Haggerty!

  • Liked them all!