Came across this Polish idiom – that translates as Not my circus, not my monkey – which is used to state that something is not your problem.
I think it is grrrrreat! Circus? Monkeys? Count me in! Therefore I have decided to promote this heavily and spent the afternoon trying to think of some way to incorporate it into a blog post… so far it is all a bit tentative, but who cares? After all, I am the person writing this blog, so here we go…
Situations in which you could use Not my circus, not my monkey:
My tree is dead, it died maybe two… or three, no actually, make that four year ago. I really need you to take it down, Mr. Bridge. Oh yes, and by the way, we do not have much of a budget for this work.
We need one of your guys on site for tree protection this afternoon. Short notice? Maybe, but I forgot to phone before.
I want you to top my neighbour’s birch, it gives my wife hay fever.
I’ll give you €50 if you lop of a bit more of that branch you are sitting on so that I get a better view of the river/ cathedral/ bridge/ mountains/ lake …
If you don’t like it, there are plenty of others who will be glad to do so.
You get the idea. I can think of any number more examples, but either they are not politically correct or might be offensive. Or both, so I will leave it at this.
Not my circus, not my monkey: Get it out there, spread the word.