So I broke my poor pinky toe last Saturday and I got to thinking that “stuck out like a sore toe” would be just as good as “stuck out like a sore thumb”.
Which reminded me of mr.stretch’s alternative to that common phrase: Stuck out like a sore dick.
Another alternative to a common phrase that I’ve picked up over the years is “serious as dick cancer” in place of “serious as a heart attack”.
mr.stretch tells me that both of these phrases are pretty damn evocative for menfolk.
I think these alternatives are as descriptive as the originals, and they get the same point across.
On a slightly different note, mr.stretch also has alternatives to common phrases that I think are just wrong and don’t make any sense. For example, when being asked a bunch of questions: Why are you drilling me? I’m not drilling you; I’m grilling you.
Also, I’ve always heard and used “dead as a doornail”; he says “dead as a doorknob”. I googled mine and at least it makes (some) sense. Where he got his I have no idea, though apparently other people say it as well.
What alternate phrases/idioms do you use or have you heard?