Friday, 24 June 2011

Folksy Friday - Cool as a cucumber...

Whilst listening to the the radio coverage of Rory McIlroy's final holes at the US Open last weekend, I heard the commentators describe the golfer as being 'cool as the proverbial cucumber'. This is of course a phrase I have heard many times in my life - as I am sure you have too. But... have you ever stopped to consider how utterly daft it actually is?

'Cool as a cucumber' - cucumbers are mostly made from water, are juicy and refreshing, and when stored in the fridge are quite cold - therefore cool as a cucumber seems a perfectly acceptable simile. But cool as the proverbial cucumber?

I was just wondering how many cucumbers you had noticed in well known proverbs?!
There aren't that many are there?!

So to start us off, here are the few that I managed to create before I nodded off to sleep...

'A rolling cucumber gathers no moss'

'A cucumber in the hand is worth two in the bush'

'Too many cucumbers spoil the broth'

'Don't put all your cucumbers in one basket' 
'Don't put all your eggs in one cucumber!'

I'm sure you can think of many more - and you are welcome to leave a comment with your suggestions! I'll be tweeting the best ones throughout the day - so why not join in the fun and add your cucumber themed proverb below!

In the meantime, here are a few 'cool' cucumber items for today's Folksy Friday!

Right that's all from me for now - I'm off to make cucumbers while the sun shines!


  1. "anything bigger than a cucumber puts the wind up me!" a line my dear mother used when reading about a rude act performed by Micheal Barrymore , always makes me laugh. Bless!

  2. Don't look a gift Cucumber in the face!
    Splendid frivolous Friday post...(-;

  3. That line "anything bigger than a cucumber..."Oh how we laughed! Our dear naive mum! I am anonymous' sister by the way - LOL!!!


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