Today, I used a phrase that I used to say often: “Fingers crossed. Elbows oiled.” I wrote it without even remembering that I ever stopped, though the divide now exceeds 15 years.
It’s supposed to convey that you’re hoping for the best but prepared to do the hard work with elbows flying if needed.
I don’t know why I stopped saying it. I love the expression.
Watching people understand what it means in real-time is also a pleasure.
“Are you ready?”
“Yes. Fingers Crossed. Elbows Oiled.”
You can use it too if you find it amusing.
Love is an action verb.