It’s cold! That’s not only the reality and the talk around town, but it’s also what I have to hear my wife say every single time we get in the car.
It is really cold out there, but come on, do we have to keep saying it over and over as if it helps us bear it or something? Ask any waitress what the first thing a customer says to them lately when she says, “How are you folks tonight?” Yep, you know what’s coming, “We’re cold!” Ask any store owner what the first subject is when they welcome somebody into their store, “Cold enough for ya?”
And it’s right about the time we try to ignore it that a pipe bursts, a furnace quits, a water heater decides to give up the ghost, or your car battery moans a dull good-bye as you reach for yet another hundred bucks to replace it.
It’s really, really cold out there! I suppose so.
And those who deal with the public are going to have to listen to it over and over from people who think they are the first ones to come through their door to make a little quip about it.
One phrase I often hear is, “It’s cold as hell out there!” Really? How long do we have to think about that statement before realizing how absurd it is? To be kind, maybe they mean to shorten the idea that it is as cold as hell is hot. I guess we can give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.
It’s just that people don’t really have any new original ways to speak about the obvious. So things like “Cold enough for ya?” and “It’s cold as hell out there” come into play.