All I can do is not cry over sour milk

This great quote comes from boxer Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs in his recent fight with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  At the end of the fight, Jacobs discussed his loss, and said “all I can do is not cry over sour milk and continue to move forward.”  Video clip is below.  This is a mash up of “don’t cry over spilled milk” (don’t be upset over something that can’t be fixed) and “sour grapes”(disparaging what one cannot obtain).  The speaker must have been thinking about that time he went to put milk on his cereal and the milk had turned sour, way beyond the expiration date.  That has happened to me a few times, and yes I did cry.

Speaking of the idiom “sour grapes”, it comes from the Greek writer Aesop’s famous fable about a fox that cannot reach some grapes on a high vine and announces that they are sour. In English the fable was first recorded in William Caxton’s 1484 translation, “The fox said these raisins be sour.”   A tip of the hat to Mike Ameel for hearing this one and passing it on, and to Susan Ameel for properly deconstructing the malaphor!


There’s no use crying over fish in the sea

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This beauty, a mash up of “no use crying over spilled milk” (don’t be unhappy about things that already happened and cannot be changed) and “there are plenty of fish in the sea” (other choices), was spoken by the character Don Draper in the tv show Mad Men (Season 4, episode 7 – “the Suitcase“).  After Peggy talks to her boyfriend on the phone, she tells Don that she thinks she just broke off the relationship.  Don replies with this malaphor.   A big thanks to John Costello for spotting this one.