I would love to know how clichés get started and who spoke the original line, clueless it would become a household phrase. I am privy to one; "It's not over till the fat lady sings!" Wikipedia credits Dan Cook, Sportscaster for KENS TV San Antonio; "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings." We lived in the San Antonio viewing area in the 1980's and I would describe Dan Cook as a contented man doing his job. It's odd that he received notoriety for a sentence totally out of character for his role.
"Sink or swim"! I'm confused; don't they mean swim or sink? If I'm in deep water, I'd better concentrate on swimming or I'll be sinking from sight. I guess hearing sink first does get a person's attention. Life is like that, problems confront me and I search for the best solutions. Yes, if sinking is a real danger, it's time to do that doggy paddle!
"Desperate situations call for desperate measures." I'd better spring into action fast! "Save me, O God, For the waters have come up to my soul. I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me (Psalm 69:1-2 NAS)" David made the best decision in a desperate situation; he called out to God for rescue. He is ready and waiting to pull us to solid ground.
With God all things are possible! Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Secret Place, Daily Devotionals for the Deaf, Light from the Word Daily Devotional. Available now in book store: FORGET-ME-NOT DAILY DEVOTIONAL http:/ebooks.faithwriters.com/ebook-details.php?id=520