Saturday, December 12, 2009
LIKE A BLUE ASS FLY
A blue ass fly (no idea re genus, species, whatever) is a particular kind of fly that likes to buzz around grazing sheep and lay its eggs in the asses of these unsuspecting sheep. This is, of course, terrible for the health of the sheep; fortunately, a treatment is available for sheep infested with blue ass fly maggots, though I didn't ask for details from the Aussie friends who taught me this neat turn of phrase today (thanks Adrian and Mel!).
This colorful expression is used to refer to annoying people who hang on (annoyingly) at parties and social gatherings, much as the blue ass fly hangs around sheep: "Oy mate, why don't you go get a beer from the eskie (icebox), and stop hanging around like a blue ass fly!"
Also can refer to people running around like "chickens with their heads cut off": "Stop running around like a blue ass fly! You're in Australia, mate. You know she'll be right."