Ordinary language is all right.
One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.
It might not be a totally good thing that my first thoughts on reading, in a message from the university administration, that 'NOVEMBER HAS BEEN DECLARED A MONTH OF CARING AND KINDNESS', were: fuck that shit.
But, I mean, come on, really.
Or perhaps it's 'afraid to succeed'. Either way, I don't understand it at all. There are so many idiomatic phrases like that that I just can't fathom once I try for a moment.
I don't think I've ever understood the explanation (of failure, especially failure of talented or capable people) that some people are 'afraid of success'.
Dizzee Rascal just made a kung fu noise. Then he said yee-haw.
Things are not going well. They were going so well yesterday.
Boy, you act like I need ya / can't get with amnesia
From Geoff, a phrase I must record for posterity, regarding The West Wing: 'the pornography of competency'. Oh yes.
'They are playing a game. They are playing at not
playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I
shall break the rules and they will punish me.
I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.'