The trouble with funny sayings is that they soon become hackneyed clichés and lose their edge. Like someone being as much use as a chocolate fireguard/teapot which was great when I first heard it but does really cut it anymore.

So we have to find replacements, like a one-legged man at an arse-kicking contest or a condom machine in the Vatican or an ashtray in a motorcycle. And then they too start to wane which is why it’s good to come across a new one.

It is: as much use as (drum roll) a glass eye at a keyhole.

Actually, it was the title of a book by Mary Pettibone Poole. I’m not sure who she was, but she doesn’t half turn up a lot on quotations pages.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Blognor Regis 17th March 2006

    “About as much use as a handbrake in a canoe” is another old classic.


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