English Idioms

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What day is today? Blursday? Whensday? All the same 🤷🏻‍♀nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_word…bb
My Vocabulary Size is about: 【21675】! What about you? arealme.com/vocabulary-siz… #EnglishVocabularySizeTest
Do someone dirt - to do something vicious to someone. “It’d be worth doing her dirt if it meant having Dwight for good, and children, and a home, and a full life” From 📚 Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach”K
LEARN RUSSIAN ACCENT IN 2 MINUTES (HOW TO SPEAK RUNGLISH) by Виталя Альбатрос youtu.be/UI4o4wDz2DE via @YouTube
When you don’t understand someone’s language
Box and Cox - in turn; alternating 🔁 📚 “On the Beach” 📚 by Nevil Shute (a post-apocalyptic novel about the world dying from radiation 🤷🏻MvJuF
Get the jitters - to experience a temporary state of nervous anxiety or anticipation. 📚 What I Talk About When I Talk About Running 📚 by Haruki Murakami (The book is HIGHLY recommended to all runners!lh
German not only has the great word Kummerspeck--fat you put on when upset (Kummer=worry, Speck=bacon). This nimble language has already given us Coronaspeck: the fat you will put on in quarantine.
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Hilarious new words related to you-know-what! ➡️ covidiots (yeah, met them 😬) ➡️ coronadodge (always when it is time to hunt for food) ➡️ COVID-10 (yep, getting chubby 🍫) Moar words (EN / RU)godliteratury.ru/projects/kovid…Fqvisualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/…rbnancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_word…BN
If you are IN A PICKLE, you are in a difficult position, or have a problem to which no easy answer can be found. 📚 Nicci Gerrard “What Dementia Teaches Us About Love” 📚⬇8D
When translating an article which explains the difference between “Natron” and “Backpulver” from German 🤷🏻‍♀️ Google translate is not that helpful cXL
Tip one's hand - reveal one's intentions inadvertently. Speaking of hands... 🤲🏻bbc.com/news/av/embed/…kf
Teetotaller - a person who never drinks alcohol ❌🍷 A typical teetotaller �wl
Chopped liver - a person or thing regarded as insignificant. Since eating chopped liver may not be appreciated by everyone, the Jewish English expression "What am I, chopped liver?", signifies frustration or anger at being ignored on a social level. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chopped_l…
Word of the Day: TO VANDYKE (19th century) — to stagger drunkenly in zigzags; after indented or zagging collars often seen on portraits by Anthony van Dyck.
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English word "Flak" meaning "antiaircraft guns" or "strong criticism" is actually an abbreviation of German FLugzeugAbwehrKanone #til Lovely view over Berlin from the Humboldthain Flak Tower, legacy from the WWII.
Give short shrift ⛪️ - to give (someone or something) very little time or attention. 📚 Have Ye No Homes To Go To?: The History of the Irish Pub 📚 by Kevin MartinBR
‘Don’t blame the mirror for your ugly face’: why foreign idioms rule theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…
Russian speakers: soap is neutral!
English always comes to my rescue! #me_irl
German 🇩🇪 be like: Feuerzeug — fire-thing (a lighter) Flugzeug — flying thing (a plane ✈️ ) Frühstück — early bit (breakfast) Weltschmerz — mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state 🤷🏻‍♀️
Keep your shirt on - don't lose your temper; stay calm 🧘‍♀️
Famous essay by inimitable Mark Twain about how difficult the German language is (especially for native English language speakers) en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Awful…
🔥🔥🔥 East vs. West Germany vocabulary. Much anticipated podcast! twitter.com/AllusionistSho…o4zyk
Cut no ice 🧊 with sb - to not cause someone to change their opinion or decision. 📚 Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth 📚 by Iain MacGreghmd
«Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev...Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!» #BerlinWall30 owlcation.com/academia/Engli…
In my native language, there is no concept of definite/indefinite articles. So I have been struggling with a/the all my life. Now I am learning German... Definite articles in 🇬🇧 vs. �#fml#fml 🤦lAgKKE
Hang (one) out to dry - to desert one in a troubling situation.
Toast of the town - person who is admired and very popular in local society, and who is sought after to attend parties, public events, etc.
To hobnob - mix socially, especially with those of perceived higher social status. Early 19th century meaning - ‘drink together’ 👯‍♀️👯‍♂️ Today it is also the brand name of biscuitsIF
Take a shine to somebody - to like someone immediately 🥰 📚 Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation 📚 by Steve VogaiJ
r/linguisticshumor ☺️
Save flies! (and meat ☺️) Kill two birds with one stone - achieve two aims at once.
Bee’s knees - a highly admired person or thing.
Such a subtle way to compliment a woman 😆 Bernard from the “Black Books” TV series once wrote a poem (s2e02): “Think of a bee. You are its knees. You waft through me like a summer’s breeze. Can I come round Tuesday please?”
Two-pot screamer - (Australia, colloquial) One who becomes talkative or rowdy after consuming a relatively small amount of alcohol 🥴
Which camp r u in? 🤔 “We invited the strippers, JFK ❗️,❗️and Stalin.” OR “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.” The Oxford comma: Punctuation inviting pause and polemicqz.com/emails/quartz-…z
Cry stinking fish - to undermine one's own efforts. To put oneself down.
Move heaven and earth - to do everything that one can to make something happen 💪🏻 As in “Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return” by Marjane Satrapi 🇮�zsFMR7
“Blinking” here is used as an intensifier. Chiefly British usage. Yep, I loved ‘em! Can confirm! 😊�N4
The icing on the cake - an attractive but inessential addition or enhancement 🍰9
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