We certainly have a love/hate relationship
with The Devil.
Mostly, we love to hate him.
Although, we also love to reference him in:
movies, TV, books, Halloween costumes,
music, idioms, cartoons, legends,
even basing characters on him…
now, let’s put a smile on that face!
Had a Devil of a Time finding some of these:
1. Speak of the devil – if a friend says this when you show up, you have to wonder.
2. Better the Devil you know – seems like you just don’t want to take a chance.
3. Devil looks after his own – that seems fair.
4. Devilishly handsome – could have also gone with ‘hot’.
5. Ride with the Devil – no thanks, I’m guessing he doesn’t follow the rules of the road.
6. Devil of a time – can’t we just say difficult?
7. Give the Devil his due – has he earned it?8. Devil-may-care attitude – maybe it’s just confidence or a certain Je ne sais quoi.
9. Tell the truth and shame the Devil – or tell the truth without shaming or blaming.
10. The Devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal – wait, where’s The Walking Dead located again?
11. Between the devil and the deep blue sea – quite a Quagmire, giggity.
12. Have the Devil’s own luck – Can I take the luck, but skip what I have to do to get it?
13.The Devil made me do it – yes, yes, excellent, this one covers all manner of sins.
Satan, Beelzebub, Antichrist, Leviathan, Tempter, Belial, Lucifer, King of Tyre, The Dark One, Evil Incarnate…The Devil by any other name would smell, probably like sulphur. Whether you believe he’s real, or a story, or an allegory, I enjoyed exploring the nature of his game in The Devil and Philosophy edited by Robert Arp; one of the amazingly addictive Popular Culture and Philosophy series from Open Court. Filled to the brimstone with clever deep thinkers wickedly examining The Devil in all his forms and the depths he will descend to; let’s be clear, he obviously wants to get our goat.