Make No Bones About It
by DUB MOWERY
Dec 08, 2013 | 383 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print


WE APPRECIATE IT when someone gets to the fine point of interest and not just hem-haw around.  This brings up the particular expression we have in mind, which is:  “Make no bones about it.”  It means to deal in a direct manner by speaking plainly; to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  The origin of “to make no bones about it” goes back as early the 1500s.  Supposedly it was derived from the eating of stew or soup in which one could shallow without any difficulty if it had no bones in it.  When people are convinced your answer is straight forward and honest then they have no problem “swallowing” what you have to say.

There is a lot of “double-talk” now days.  Some people are guilty of saying one thing to one person and then turn right around and tell a different version to someone else.  Many politicians are guilty of doing this.  It usually depends upon who they are around as to whether or not they are for or against a particular matter.  There are still some conscientious fellow citizens in public office.  For this we are thankful!  Still there are some dishonest ones who will say and promise about anything to get elected.  If elected those type politicians usually have a first cousin to Alzheimer 

You and I should say what we mean clearly and “above board.”

Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)

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