As skinny as a rail…
… is pretty skinny. I was thinking, as I processed this photo, of all of the phrases that we use that involves “rail”. Here’s a few of my favorites:
1. “As skinny as a rail.” I once knew a guy who was 6’5″ and about 155 pounds. I watched him swing a bowling ball into the side of his knee and nearly incapacitate himself. He was skinny. We used to joke that if he ever broke a limb, we could just hold him up to the light and check on it.
2. “It drives like it’s on rails.” I’ll be honest. I remember this from the movie “Pretty Woman”. Julia Roberts is an unlikely hooker who meets Richard Gere, who can’t drive his Lotus at all. Apparently he was never taught to drive standard. Sad. Anyway, she gets in and shows him how to drive his car (no pun intended). I need to make sure that I include that I watched this movie on DVD and very much against my will. I think my wife made me watch it. I will never get those two hours back.
3. “Ride him out on a rail.” I don’t know what this means, but it seems to mean sending someone away against their will. Sounds like a phrase I should use more often.
Do you have any favorites?