Posted by Smokey Stover on February 10, 2004
In Reply to: "There's more than one way to skin a cat" posted by ESC on February 09, 2004
: : Hi? Does anyone have the scientific way of saying this expression? Something like:
: : "There exist numerous methods of removing the epidermis from a feline cadaver." And is there a name for such expressions?
: How about:
: gobbledygook (from Merriam-Webster online) --
: Variant(s): also gob·ble·de·gook /'gä-b&l-dE-"guk, -"gük/
: Function: noun
: Etymology: irregular from gobble, n.
: : wordy and generally unintelligible jargon
: From the ESC archives:
: Do not compute the totality of your
: poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
: Do not, however disadvantageous the
: circumstances, permit yourselves to be forced into a position where you must
: acquiesce in the transfer of management of this maritime means of transportation to persons owing allegiance to such nation whose interests are avowedly inimical to those of ours as set forth in applicable regulations.
I get the first one, Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. I'm not sure about the second. Could it be Row your own boat? As for the cat, since I'm a cat-owner I'm loath to think much about skinning one. But is there really more than one way to do it (and do I well)? SS