14 January 2007

cast your vote

We're having a very important discussion at our house tonight. Peter believes that the phrase, "It's like boiling a frog," is a familiar expression that people understand. Becky had never heard it (and neither had the guy Peter was talking to on the phone), but Peter believes 75% of the people on the street would recognize it. Becky is certain that the number wouldn't be anywhere near that high. So... we would both like you to help us with our survey. Do you recognize the significance of, "It's like boiling a frog?"

16 comments:

Trisha -King's Kids said...

Sorry Peter - never heard of it. Although, if you'd like to tell me what it means, I could start using it and try to make it more popular! : )

Jonathan D. Coppadge said...

Yes, definitely. Though I'm not familiar with a set phrase, I understand the meaning, and thought it was well-known...

Thomas said...

I'm familar with phrase . . . It’s like boiling a frog. If you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out. But if you toss a frog into a pot of cool water and slowly bring it to a boil, he’ll be cooked before he knows what hit him.

EEEEMommy said...

Yes, I'm with Peter.
Now, I'm curious. Was it only the phrase that was unfamiliar? Or was the entire analogy of "the best way to boil a frog" also unfamiliar?

Peter & Becky Bowersox said...
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Peter & Becky Bowersox said...

The entire concept was new. It makes sense, but it seemed odd to use the analogy without explanation in a conversation and assume it was understood. I've just never heard it before. Anybody beside Trisha with me?? Peter is gloating because currently exactly 75% of respondants are with him! -Becky

Theresa said...

Never heard it and have no idea what it means. I don't think I know any frog phrases. But I was in college when I first heard "fly in the ointment". I still don't know what it means.

Thomas said...

Thank-you for the conversation starter, providing an educational opportunity in our household . . . just like the "fly in the ointment" of our college years, which by the way is in wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly_in_the_ointment Theresa and were just talking about it and a brief google search seems to indicate the whole illustration tends to be used (and not just the phrase It’s like boiling a frog.)

Anonymous said...

I am casting three votes at once. Mom and I have never heard of it, Dad has. 66.66666...% in favor of Becky. (I guess the Dunbar women stick together.)

Anonymous said...

Sorry Pete, I'm with Becky on this one...

Thomas said...

Becky are you familiar with The Frog in a Kettle? George Barna has a book on the 21st century church by this title that has led to numerous sermon illustrations/Adult Ed Classes, book at http://www.amazon.com/Frog-Kettle-George-Barna/dp/0830714278/sr=1-1/qid=1168988955/ref=sr_1_1/103-0908998-2736661?ie=UTF8&s=books . . . by the way, some claim that this illustration might not be true, anyone know its truth in the field? See http://www.mizfrogspad.com/Lessons_From_Frogs/lessons_from_frogs.html

Peter & Becky Bowersox said...

Tom, Where do you find time the explore this topic when you've just moved and are finishing your new basement???? You amaze me! I barely have time to post a 10 sentence message! -Becky

Melody said...

I've heard about getting your goose cooked but never anything about "boiling frogs". I've never heard of "fly in the ointment" either. I guess I need to get out more.

Twichells said...

Nope. Never heard of it. Sorry Pete. Jon says he hasn't either. I've heard "Out of the frying pan into the fire" and I've heard the tale of the slow boil/cook thing...but never the phrase.

Love you guys!

Elizabeth B. said...

Two more for Becky - Andy and I have never heard the expression either!

Thomas said...

Don't know where I get the time, just finished staining the office floor with Theresa. Can't wait to have the trim up and start moving the library into action :-)

By-the-way, a missionary speaker used the phrase this morning at a men's breakfast I attended ;-)