I learned something recently and want to see if you know it, too. Think about cliché’s and fractured cliché’s and decide which of the following does not fit.
a) Don’t open a can of worms
b) Don’t have a cow
c) Don’t open a cow
d) None of the above
If you answered “d) None of the above” you are correct on two counts.
First, “None of the above” is not even a cliché so that alone causes it not to be a fit.
Second, COW is an acronym for Can Of Worms so even c) is a real cliché! However, even though it’s technically correct, when quoting the cliché I would stick with can of worms, otherwise it just sounds odd.
Looks like this week I got the whole ball of yarn right!
May the farce be with you!