They swear like chimneysPosted: December 20, 2017
This terrific conflation was uttered by a college freshman relating to her parents about the language in her dorm. It is a mashup of “swear like a sailor” (to use profanities freely) and “smoke like a chimney” (smoke cigarettes excessively). Both involve doing something in excess which leads to the mix up, I think. Also “smoke” and “swear” are 5 letter words that start with s. A big thanks to John Kooser who heard this one and shared it!