Rarer than what?

July 15th, 2008
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“It’s like trying to pull hen’s teeth”

Un-named member of DrJandMrK blogging duo

This is a homegrown Stupidism that slips out every once in a while. One is of course familiar with the mythic rarity of hen’s teeth and the difficulty of a task being compared to extracting a tooth.  Try combining the two!

The desired meaning is, I guess, that something is extremely difficult. Although if hens did have teeth, they might not be that difficult to extract, one would have to find them first to pull them out. Makes sense, right?

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By John Weissenberger