Like most things, once you start reading or thinking about something, you start to see it everywhere.
I am always on the lookout for words, expressions, or names that reflect the violence embedded in our culture. The subtle references to death or violence... "killing two birds with one stone" or "beating a dead horse."
Because the gun issue is so hot these days, I've been on the watch for expressions related to weapons.
Jumping the Gun
When the elevator doors opened this morning, a handsome gentleman lunged towards me. His lunge, he explained, was not his eagerness to see me, but rather -- as he put it -- "jumping the gun" on the day. He was still four floors away from his destination.
So, I offered him this suggestion, "Maybe you're not jumping the gun, maybe you're just really eager to start your day."
He seemed less enthused by this alternative.
This expression actually comes from running before the starting gun in a race. This just begs the question why we use guns to start running races. Plus, it's hard to even say the word "gun" in the United States right now without reflecting on guns in schools.
Please share any expressions you hear in the comments below...