A Face for Radio…6 Confusing Euphemisms Explained.
When I first started in radio I knew nothing, nothing about radio or much else for that matter. So when a well meaning listener met me and told me I didn't have a "face for radio" I was unjustifiably upset about what I thought was an insult. Fortunately it turns out he was telling me I wasn't ugly and it made for an amusing story.
Most euphemisms are easy to understand but just for fun here are some that had me scratching my head.
Bought the farm- Yes we all know what it means right? I thought it mean that you me a bad decision, it's actually a euphemism for dying.
For the Birds- This one I knew, it just means something that sucks... I think.
Jonesing-When I heard this the first time it was in reference to drugs so I correctly assumed it meant craving and such...
Monday Morning Quarterback(ing)- Means to pass judgment or critisize from a position of hindsight.... yeah I never heard that one till today either.
Carpetbagger- Someone who seeks election somewhere they have never previously resided...I thought this was a sexist thing that referenced.... I was wrong let's leave it at that...
Pork-The practice of politicians obtaining money for pet projects that benefit specific areas, industries or people, usually in return for their support. Yep, pretty sure we all just thought this meant boning... sexy time...listen I could go on and on...and will in tomorrows blog but you know what I mean.