Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

J.Tierney

I'm sure you've heard of idioms and you know their meaning as soon as you hear them. For example,the ball is in your court, don't beat around the bush, you can't judge a book by its cover, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, don't cry over spilt milk, the long and the short of it. There are hundreds of them and we know the meaning of them all, at least I thought we did. I used the idiom loaded for bear with family members and got some blank stares, mostly from female family members. Maybe it's just a guy thing? The guys seem to know that it relates to a hunter who has to change his usual rifle to a more powerful one when confronted by a bear. Its general use is being prepared mentally or physically for more than normal challenging situations. Idioms must be confusing for people trying to learn English. I recently heard of a situation where an American visitor to a foreign home said "it's a piece of cake" and the hostess promptly served cake. I'll have to be careful myself using idioms in the future. I don't want to miss the boat AGAIN!!


April 3, 2015


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