The etymology of words and phrases.
It’s odd how set phrases come into everyday use. One of the ones oft spouted by people — predominantly pensioners — begins “Oooh, there’s nothing worse than…” and then describes something utterly mundane.
I can usually think of something worse:
|There’s nothing worse than…||Something worse|
|cold tea||being eaten by a leopard|
|toothache||a 60-year nuclear winter|
|a stitch||being chased barefoot across a field of stinging nettles by a rabid horse|
|a missing jigsaw piece||anal rape by a man with 6-inch nails driven through his cock|
Old folk, eh? They don’t know they’re born :-)