Posted by Lewis on February 27, 2003
In Reply to: Strange, very strange expression posted by Christopher Hyatt on February 20, 2003
: : : Hi, folks,
: : : Could you please try to explain what "pick fly shit out of pepper" means?
: : : Tks in advance for your help.
: : A very tedious job?
: needles and haystacks? very difficult, or - to quote the late Peter Cooke "bloody impossible!" (as in "teaching ravens to fly under water")
Fly shit is particular and is black. Ground pepper is particular and is black. The size of the particles is not dissimilar. You couldn't at all easily distinguish and so it means an almost impossible task.
[if need be, you could wash the pepper and the fly shit would disappear - but then you've lost your fly manure.]
as for needles in a haystack the easiest way to find one would be to go in there with a woman for rumpy-pumpy - one of you is bound to find it at just the wrong moment. (and expressed without a mention of the word "prick")