Candy is dandy…..

I derive much immature pleasure from Ogden Nash’s little ditty: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”

I think it is because it is one of the only things I can remember verbatim. And it makes me laugh.

What is your favourite phrase or poem or saying? What makes you smile or gives you bliss?

colored sweets

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  1. Your lovely colourful pic reminds me of jellybeans ~ I’d guess the phrase I use more than any is: heh-heh ~ just to show mild amusement! heh-heh 🙂

  2. “A naked lunch is natural to us
    We eat reality sandwiches.
    But allegories are so much lettuce.
    Don’t hide the madness.”

    ― Allen Ginsberg

    One of my faves and short enough to remember 😉 Of course I like “Digging” by Seamus Heaney, but can never remember more than verse one.
    Ya know LouAnn, liquor is quicker but candy’ll kill ya just the same…and while I enjoyed the hell outta both in my youth these days I imbibe little or not at all.
    *anna

    • love you favourite! and alas, I too barely imbibe anymore, and try to keep away from candy as much as I can–but I still like the saying

      • thank god words aren’t fattening or bad for your health eh?
        xo

      • 🙂

  3. The Emperor Caligula
    Had habits most irrigular
    When he sat down to lunch
    He got drunk
    At onch
    (Ogden Nash, I think)

    And this one Can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s set in New York

    Toity poiple boids
    Sittin on de coib
    Choipn’ and a ‘boipin
    And eatin doity woims

    • good for you — love them both–though need a bit of a translator for the second (ha ha)

      • Learnt them both in the second year of grammar school. I can translate for you if you wish.
        😉

      • please do – I think I only got about half…..:)

      • That’s a joke, surely? Say it in a Brooklyn accent, then let me know

  4. Oh, so THAT’s how it goes! I’d heard it as “Candy is dandy but sex don’t rot your teeth!” lol xoxoM

    • we all know where your mind is–not a bad place to be!

      • Calorie negative, too! 😉 xoxoM

      • maybe even works a few off!

      • Feel the burn…in more ways than one!

      • Margarita!!!!

      • I know, my mother always accused me of being provocative. I guess some things never change! lol xoxoM

      • ha ha

  5. Hmmm… I have to think about this. Nothing is coming to mind.
    I’ve heard the Candy is dandy quote before, and you’re right, it is good for a chuckle.

  6. I have two old favourites. The first is actual song lyrics from “My Fair Lady.”

    Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!
    I get words all day through;
    First from him, now from you!
    Is that all you blighters can do?

    The second is from “Alice in Wonderland”

    The time has come,” the Walrus said
    “To talk of other things
    Of shoes and ships and sealing wax
    Of cabbages and kings
    And why the sea is boiling hot
    And whether pigs have wings

    • oh, I love them both, but particularly the second one–so poetically nonsensical

  7. Handier than a pocket on a shirt.—Ed Geauvreau, our dad.

  8. “Shooting a bunny” = breaking wind. My dad used ro say this and now my brother does (due to his frequent farting!)

    • we have a few people around here who have killed a few bunnies

      • Scary – ha!

      • I like that – shooting a bunny – I might have to borrow it. Around here we blame it on African barking spiders.

        I can’t think of a quote straight off the top of my head, but I always liked the embroidered pillow that I used to have that said Start Slowly and Taper Off,,

      • I love it – Start Slowly and Taper Off – perfection –find that pillow and send it to me!

  9. “To infinity and beyond!” ~ Buzz Lightyear

    • ha ha – cute–brings back memories of watching the movies with my boys when they were young

  10. I have to go with Parker:

    “I like to have a martini,
    Two at the very most.
    After three I’m under the table,
    after four I’m under my host.”

  11. Well, this one comes to mind considering the weather we have had lately: It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. My dad used to say this all the time when I was a kid, and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I found put where the expression originated. You see, the brass triangles that supported stacks of iron cannon balls on sailing ships were called brass monkeys and in cold weather the metal contracted causing the balls to fall off. LOL!! It all makes sense now :).

  12. “If it aint a mess already, it’ll do until one gets here”
    (from the book/movie”No Country for old men”)

  13. I likely have many in the recesses of my muddled mind…but off the top I think of ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’……Diane

    • a good and simple philosophy for life — how much time has been spent uselessly?

  14. Preposterous rhinoceros. Another Ogden Nash gem that makes me smile.

  15. Any saying my dad says because of the way he says it. Now – I find myself using those same quotes – LOL

  16. Can’t think of one. My brain is too tired.

    • thne we will use “my brain is too tired” because sometimes that is just the right explanatory phrase

  17. Oh, I have way to many favorite quotes to go on record here! My “favorite” varies depending on the subject and mood I’m in. All time favorite quote generators, to list a very few, would be CS Lewis, Winston Churchill, Lincoln, Helen Keller…and I found a new one today that looks promising, Robert Brault. ~ Sheila

  18. Okay, be prepared to be “weirded out.” Here are a couple of my favourite ditties.
    “Oh pointy bird, oh pointy, pointy. Anoint my head, anointy, nointy” (from Steve Martin’s “A Man With Two Brains).
    “We can walk on coals and have ninjas fight us. But don’t ever get gingivitis.” (From Family Ties).
    and of course singing George Costanza’s answer machine message set to the theme of The Greatest American Hero…

    • that is what I was looking for–a little weird, a little odd, but a lot funny

      • That’s me…a little weird and odd.

      • that is why I like you so much — I prefer to think of it as eccentrically classy

      • Oh. I like that. I think I’ll borrow it!

      • borrow away my friend!


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