And there is more than one way to brush your teeth. Apparently you don’t have to just move the toothbrush back and forth over your teeth. Ashleigh prefers to hold the toothbrush steady and move her entire head back and forth. When that gets boring, it’s time to chew the bristles.
That was going to be the extent of my blog entry for today, but then I got to thinking about the origin of the phrase ‘there is more than one way to skin a cat’. It’s an odd one, and I can’t help thinking that whoever coined the phrase might have had some ish-youse. And hopefully no unfortunate pets upon whom the theory was tested.
The Phrase Finder suggests it came into circulation in 1840 (in print form). Many other websites list similar information. But I want to know what prompted the creator of this phrase to choose this particular image. Why not, ‘there’s more than one way to cook quiche’? Or, ‘there’s more than one way to clean the fridge’? (Guess what I’ve been doing today?)
Whatever the inspiration, I think it’s safe to assume that whoever came up with this phrase was a dog person.