Wednesday, June 17, 2009


An odd use of the bastardised phrase from the US, with Stevie Smith in the Tech Herald writing of the new Blackberry smartphone thingummyjig -
And, when Research In Motion describes a handset as “fully featured” it certainly doesn’t offer up a half-baked product that’s all mouth and no trousers.

Even with the proper phrase, that wouldn't have made a great deal of sense - it never quite works when applied to inanimate objects.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Green sense; PC claptrap

A couple of items from last week, one good and one bad.

From a BBC Scotland story on government failures to hit emissions targets:
Green MSP Patrick Harvie complained of "all mouth and trousers" ministers.
A classic pithy use.

And from a PC Pro blog item on some new telephones:
We’ve been hands-on with the quartet of new phones to find out if they’re up to the job – or if they’re all mouth and no trousers.
Even if they'd used the proper phrase instead of the meaningless bastardisation, that still wouldn't make much sense. Utter pish.