I have been in the middle of a remodeling job on my bathroom, and I meant to write on Friday, but I simply couldn’t. The last workman left at 7 p.m. and I was so tired, I would not have been able to make sense. So, in my mind, I thought I would write Saturday — I would have been a day late and a dollar short, but it would have been only a day late.
This idiom has nothing to do with money — a dollar — nada, nothing, and everything to do with being late. I have always used it when I have been a bit late when I knew better to be late. Such as, if I had been organized, I would have written this post on Thursday, then posted it on Friday, as expected. Instead, I did not. You could say I was a bit careless with my time management.
Saturday turned to Sunday as I put my house back together after the workers did their thing, and soon my day late and dollar short turned into too little, too late — not enough done soon enough. My Friday posting did not happen when it was suppose to happen, in fact it did not happen at all, so I scratched the original idiom I was going to write about, and decided on a day late and a dollar short. But, really, maybe it was too little, too late.
But I don’t like the idiom “too little, too late” because it has a negative connotation. It’s like when something done can not be rectified. It’s like an apology after the fact that the person had done the harm, not felt remorse, but then felt he had better apologize to “save face”. Too little, too late is past the point of return, of correction.
Too little, too late is different from “dead in the water” because that means that a situation has come to a halt, a stop. My idiom blog is not dead in the water, done, over with no recourse to restart.
So, in actuality, I am a day late and a dollar short — a very long day late. If you would have given up on me and unfollowed my blog it would have been too little, too late for me, but one thing is for sure — my writing on words and what they mean are not and will never be dead in the water!
Hopefully, I shall return on Friday….
Until then…have a great day…