Back when I worked in a big bookstore chain, I used to work every important Eve. Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, April Fool's Day Eve. You get the picture. New Year's Eve we would close up shop at six o'clock. I would annoy the bejesus out of one of my managers by saying "See you next year!" as I headed out the door. Yes, I said it every New Year's Eve.
Each time the response was, "That's not funny. Wasn't funny last year and it's really not funny now."
As comics say after they've bombed, as Caesar might have said to his murderous senators had he lived, "Tough crowd."
And yet, I found it hilarious. So funny, in fact, that I still say it to various friends in the days leading up to the end of the calender year. Aside from this lame piece of self-serving comedy, the other saying I love to repeat on an annual basis is "Beware the Idioms of March."
I'm paraphrasing here, can't remember the exact quote.
Insert 1970's TV sitcom laugh track right here:_________________. Okay, I got it out of my system for the next twelve months.
I've been obsessed with collecting idioms lately, and wrote about them for Contact Magazine's Spring 2015 issue. I find them fascinating, what they say about a culture and their communication style. I've been hearing Southern Italian idioms and proverbs my whole life from my father, and taking little note of them because sayings about livestock and wolves didn't seem to translate into suburban life in Etobicoke. While sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, a donkey is representative of so much, it's embarrassing I didn't catch on sooner.
Imagine that. Or as Pappy would say it, "You no believe."