tar baby


MEANING: noun: Something to be avoided: a sticky situation or problem from which it's almost impossible to get out.

ETYMOLOGY: After "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby",

How 'bout I do a different algorithm this time. Say, Spoonerize it:

BAR TABBY - keeps the mice out of the saloon

(Y'all all go right ahead and use the standard add-subtract-change routine if you like. Don't let me stop you.)