I just watched the Friend's episode when they said, "I don't give a tiny rat's ass." I think that is so funny.
Are there phrases that you like? When I first came to WC, I remember discussing the phrase, "That just dusts my doilies!" That is another I think is so funny, though not that many people have heard it before.
I love 6 of one, half a dozen of the other! It has been in our family for years too. Or how about "dollars to donuts"? That's a great family phrase too.
Sattva, one of my first posts here was about "dust my doilies." I heard about it on another forum.
Another phrase we first talked about here was "nine ways from Sunday." I am not certain we ever quite figured it out. Here is an entry from the Grammarist, who shows how it has changed through the years.
Sometimes (not too often) during the workshopping of a limerick on the OEDILF site, two individuals will become involved in a complex discussion about some insignificant detail that really would make no difference one way or the other. My grandfather used to describe situations like these as "trying to separate the pepper from the fly poop."
Another phrase my Dad used was discussed here a long time ago. If someone was seized with an attack of coughing he would say “cough it up, it might be a gold watch”. I never did find out the origin of the phrase.
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.