Emily’s Conundrum

Why did she swallow the fly?

Shouldn’t You Be Working?

Welcome to verbalberbal.com. This is the blog of two OAPs and a big lass. We love writing, talking, and generally chewing the cud. Have a look at our ABOUT and US pages for more information. In the meantime, we have been busy writing some stuff-and-nonsense for you to sit down with a cuppa and (hopefully) enjoy. If you like it, share it with your mates. If you don’t like it, share it with your friends anyway. You can find us on Facebook, our page is called (wait for it) Verbalberbal. Give us the thumbs up… Read More

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts by Emily Smart

I heard myself saying to someone the other day, ‘I’m not trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, but…’ or some such thing, and I suddenly thought, ‘What the bloody hell am I talking about?’ Obviously, I get the gist of the saying, which is to refrain from telling someone who already knows what they’re doing, how to do something. But where on earth does this well-known maxim come from? Is it that old people have no teeth and therefore have to suck out the contents of an egg to eat… Read More

Think On by Emily Smart

PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Parlez-vous McSpeak? By Emily Smart

I like McDonald’s. In fact, what’s not to like? They make big fat greasy burgers that can cure even the worst hangover, they have indoor play facilities that keep the kids busy while you try and read a newspaper, and the small people are given a piece of plastic that either waves, makes a loud noise or flashes, and is invariably broken before you can say ‘Get in your car seat please.’ Leaving the politics of obesity and the dodgy bloke in the clown outfit to one side, one thing that struck… Read More