Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bowling Ball

This perfectly cromulent phrase is actually a metaphor, though not one of the Darmok variety. It comes, unsurprisingly, from an episode of The Simpsons. I've used it so consistently, that Alison has adopted it as well.
bowling ball, noun phrase. A gift intended more for the enjoyment of the giver than the recipient.
Example: I often worry that a gift I've choose for Alison will turn be a bowling ball, since I'm so interested in or excited about it, but not one has turned out to be.

1 comment:

  1. Some of the cookbooks I buy for Amy turn out to be big ol' bowling balls.