…in the punchbowl


I need a place to toss random stuff.



  1. I have to know. One of my favorite off-color expressions is the old one about ‘standing out like a turd in a punchbowl…’ – hence your inspiration for the blog name? Just curious.
    (now, I’ve got the giggles. way to go.)

    Comment by Erica — 2006.02.19 @ 0:02

  2. Why yes, yes it is. Although the use I’m familiar with is more along the lines of ruining someone’s day by “dropping another turd in the punchbowl.”

    Comment by Matt — 2006.02.20 @ 13:44

  3. My folks are from rural southeast Missouri (i.e., in and near the “bootheel”) and I grew up hearing this expression used a little bit differently than the first two examples; more in the context of hospitality. For example, “he’s about as welcome as a turd in a punchbowl.”

    For more euphemisms and expressions like this, I recommend a nice little booklet (it’s only 42 pages long) by Tom Ladwig called, “How to Talk Dirty Like Grandad”.

    Comment by Greg — 2007.09.27 @ 8:16

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