Laughter is Good Medicine

by | Apr 11, 2021

Health has become the new hot topic ever since Corona stopped being merely a beer brand. Luckily for you, we at Infinite have it on good authority that laughter is in fact the best medicine and as such we take this matter very seriously.

Did you know that laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress? Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It keeps you grounded, focused, and alert and also helps you release anger and forgive sooner. As always, who better to look after our health than our mother.

For many years now, Debbie has unconsciously created what we call mom-asims, a blend of two idioms, which have been constant supply of giggles for the whole family. It was only recently however, that we realised that this was not a unique talent but actually a flourishing society of heroes constantly Frankensteining idioms to bring us the gift of belly laughter neatly gift wrapped in the term “Malaphor”!

The most famous Mom-asim happened when Debbie, feeling slightly suspicious, told us all that she “wouldn’t touch him with a pitchfork!” to which we deduced ‘he’ would probably very grateful. However my personal favourite was when Mom stated “I smell a fish!” The room burst into laughter as we realised that “I smell a rat” and “That’s fishy” had been amalgamated into this new and improved idiom. One that I actually now prefer and use on a regular basis.

So in order to keep you all healthy during this very trying time, please see below a list of 30 of our favourite Mixed Idioms from various sources:

  1. He’s burning the midnight oil from both ends.
  2. You need to put your ducks in one basket
  3. I worked my butt to the bone
  4. Just going to have to swallow the bullet
  5. He’s a chip off the old tree
  6. Kill two cats with one bag.
  7. You can lead a man to a dead horse but you can’t make him beat it.
  8. She really stuck her neck out on a limb.
  9. The fence is always greener on the other side
  10. Water off a ducks bridge
  11. I have a beef to pick with you
  12. That guy’s out to butter his own nest.
  13. The jury’s still on the fence
  14. Till the cows freeze over
  15. To boil it down to a nut…
  16. It sticks out like a sore throat.
  17. It’s going to hell in a handbag
  18. We could stand here and talk until the cows turn blue.
  19. We have to keep our finger on the ball
  20. We have to take the punches as they come
  21. You can’t keep burning Rome from both ends
  22. You opened a whole new tin of worms, now lay in it.
  23. I’m getting wet feet
  24. It’s as easy as falling off a piece of cake.
  25. You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few legs
  26. I can read him like the back of my book.
  27. We’ll mend that fence when we get to it
  28. Beauty is in the mouth of a gift horse
  29. He pulled the rug over their eyes


  1. He pulled the wool out from under me

That’s it folks, and remember “A metaphor in the hand is worth an arm and a leg to beat around the bush with”!

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