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February 11, 2011

Paying through the nose

Paying through your nose – never a good thing.  It implies that you paid too much, way too much for what you got.  Paying through your nose is paying an excessive price.

Paying through the nose for speeding, pic: http://www.worldphoto360.com

Like with many idioms the origin lies buried deep in history and is somewhat unclear.  The one thing, though, that is consistent in the stories of the possible origin of this expression: it had to do with taxes not being paid in time or at all and noses being cut off for that offense.  Nasty.

These days the idiom is less bloody – but in some cases painful nevertheless.

Here are a couple of examples:

“How do you like your new techno gizmo?”

“I am not happy!  I paid through the nose for it and still I have been having all these technical problems.”

“Don’t drive in the carpool during car pool hours lane if you are alone.  You’ll pay through the nose for that if the police catches you.”

February 11, 2011

One track mind

Depending on your personality you might hear – or say – to somebody that they have a one track mind.

I say it to my son quite a bit because all he ever talks and thinks about right now is Star Wars.  Men are also often said to have one track minds – not thinking about Star Wars, though.  I leave the rest to your imagination.

One track mind, Star wars is all my son thinks about, pic: alexandgregory.com

Anyway, somebody who constantly thinks about the same thing has a one track mind. The connotation generally is a bit  negative, a one track mind implies that one is so focused on one special interest that one hardly notices what is going on around one.  Talking to somebody with a one track mind is often not very fun and entertaining, sort of like my conversations wit my son:

Me: “what do you want for our snack.”

Son: “Mom, did you know that all the bad guys have red laser swords and the good guys have blue or green laser swords.”

Me: “There is yogurt or apple sauce.”

Son: “Anakin and Obi Won defeated Count Dooku.”

Me: ” and then we’ll have to do homework”

Son: “I wish I was Luke.”  – etc.

That’s a one track mind!