This common malaphor (many hits on the internet) is a mixture of “wake up and smell the coffee” (try to pay attention to what is going on), “come up smelling like a rose” (succeeding from a bad situation) and “stop and smell the roses” (enjoy what’s around you). The latter was a title to a 1974 hit song by Mac Davis. This malaphor is similar to “please stop and smell the daisies” published on August 30, 2013. Many thanks to Sam Edelmann for unintentionally uttering this one and passing it along!
A big thank you to Meesy for sending this one to me. She stated that her husband lectured her daughter that “life is not all guns and roses”. This is a mash up of “a bed of roses” (a peaceful and easy life), “days of wine and roses” (prosperous and happy time) and the band Guns N’ Roses. The statement on its face might not be correct these days considering there are an estimated 875 million guns in the world (with about 275 million of them in the United States). Welcome to the jungle.