Let’s not open up that can of beesPosted: April 10, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: can of worms, expressions, humor, language, malaphor, malaphors, Robyn Hitchcock, stirring up a hornet's nest, The Soft Boys, words Leave a comment
This gem was heard at a meeting. It might be a mix of “opening up a can of worms” (getting into a set of difficult problems) and “stirring up a bees’ (or hornet’s) nest (create a lot of problems). I think opening up a can of beer might also be in this one, as opening up a can usually leads to a beer, and bee is just one letter shy. It’s also the title of a 1970s record by The Soft Boys. The Soft Boys were fronted by the great Robyn Hitchcock, as those who have any memory left from the 70s will recall. A big thanks to Michael Ameel for hearing this one and sending it in!