Since it was launched about a month ago, I’ve been following Schott’s Vocab blog in the New York Times. I liked yesterday’s post “Competition: Supererogation & Stupidity“, I’m a big fun of stupidity, ha! Anyway, the post included some well known phrases of supererogation and stupidity, such as
Carrying coals to Newcastle · Buttering bacon · Pushing an open door · He sprinkles incense on a dunghill · He is plowing a rock · He is sowing on the sand · He puts a rope to the eye of a needle
At the end of the post he invited the readers to “propose modern phrases of supererogation or stupidity fit for these troubled times”. I submitted a comment with three phrases that imply stupidity: “He’s printing 8-dollar bills”, “They’re naming their trust fund Ponzi & Madoff, LLC”, “He’s investing in the new General Motors Hummer”.
One of those – “They’re naming their trust fund Ponzi & Madoff, LLC” – is today’s “Comment of the Moment”, and now I can enjoy my 15 minutes of fame as a co-vocabularist.