Posted by Steve E on June 15, 2005
In Reply to: Guilty posted by Word Camel on June 15, 2005
: : : : : "all for you to dot your eyes and cross your feet"
: : : : : It sounds like "to dot your i's... but why feet????"
: : : : : Thanx
: : : : Because your fingers are already crossed. (Hint: it's a little joke.)
: : : I believe the expression is: 'to dot your i's and cross your t's'. Meaning to make sure all is in order and completed and checked out before you proceed. Example: "This is a very important meeting Jim and you'd better make sure to dot your i's and cross your t's before you speak."
: : It's a play on words. A little jest. Yes, the original expression is familiar; that's why the semi-amusing little pun works. (Or, like most humor, died on the autopsy table.)
: Bearing in mind that I am thick as two bricks about these things sometimes, I just don't get it. Now "cross your eyes and dot your feet" strikes me as a teeny bit funnier, but not much. The "dot" just doesn't work for me. Or maybe I just need a holiday. :)
Word Camel: Thanks very much for making me feel better! I did not view the original question as relating to a joke or pun of any type. I thought the poster had misquoted the phrase and I posted accordingly. Then Bob posted and indicated that it "sailed over my head." If it is meant to be funny, then I believe it failed--at least for me. And I agree with Word Camel that "cross your eyes and dot your feet" is much funnier as it is a better play on the words "cross your t's and dot your i's.