I’ve got a real busy week in my face, but I can’t resist this little trip-up in today’s Miami Hurled:
Manny Pacquiao may have overwhelmed larger foes during the past three years, but familiar nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez remains the proverbial thorn inside his shoe.
Guess my babble study is deficient, so remind me: Which proverb features a thorn in the shoe? There’s one about a thorn in the flesh
(2 Corinthians), and there are numerous uses
of “a thorn in the side,” but in the shoe? Does not compute.
I’ve heard of a stone in my shoe
(there’s a Scorpions song by that name, too), which seems to be pretty much the same idea. An irritant. A constant, troubling impediment to achieving one’s objectives. A pain in the ass.
It’s trivial, but it amuses me no end to find professional writers screwing up the language like this, clearly unaware of the meaning of their own prose and unedited by anybody up the line supposedly retained to catch just these sort of howlers. Call it my pest peeve.
….and speaking of pain in the ass, why won’t this post format correctly? It doesn’t accept my paragraph breaks. Sorry. I don’t have time for this shit today.
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