Interested in Language
Please dear friends and teachers....
Pulling the relationship ripcord.
What does it exactly mean besides ending a relationship? I guess it mean someone should not end such relationship, but it sounds like he or she had to.
ripcord: 1. A cord pulled to release the pack of a parachute. 2. A cord pulled to release gas from a balloon.
Yes, I think of a parachute when I read this, but it may mean putting on the brakes, to slow down its descent, or to return to a manageable speed.
Relationships are OK for the easy, frequent sex, but how do you bail out when the girl starts telling you she loves you? Next, she'll be talking marriage! And girls get so upset when guys figure it's time to run and break off a relationship.
But what if the girl has a pattern of going with a guy, lots and lots of sex, and then SHE breaks it off the second HE mentions ''commitment', 'marriage'...? SHE dumps the guy! This relationship comes with a built-in safety net, a life-line - a parachute for when it's time to bail out. Perfect.
But what if the guy has overheard the girl revealing this in a therapy session, and in the same session, the therapist has told her she's cold. Unbeknownst to our guy, she decides from then on to be warm and friendly. Our guy enters into a relationship with this girl...but again, unbeknownst to him...now...now...this girl can no longer be depended on to pull the relationship ripcord and let him bail out so easily!
(An episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe.)
'pulling the relationship ripcord': bailing out of/breaking off a relationship, when it's time to do so.
(We're not talking skydiving here, but 'getting the hell out of it'. And 'pulling the relationship ripcord' is more evocative of the action, than 'relationship parachute'.)
Last edited by David L.; 02-May-2009 at 20:48.
O.M. G. I am so happy to be old~