Joy (cithra) wrote,

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new pet peeve

The trite old phrase is "cut and dried". Past tense. As in hay - the harvest is over, the fields have been mowed, it's time to bundle the hay up into stacks or bales or however you are planning to store it. Things are settled. It is clear where the boundaries of one field end and where the next field begins - something that is not always easy to discern before the hay is cut. If an issue is cut and dried, its aspects are clearly delineated.

The phrase is NOT "cut and dry", unless you are discussing something that happens in a salon, or perhaps is some obscure form of torture related to drawing and quartering.

If I hear 'cut and dry' float over my cubicle wall again, I'm liable to take a sickle to the perpetrator...

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