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Crazy English: Puzzling English Idioms

2. December 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

English is full of curious expressions. Here are some that seem to defy logic! 

 

It's raining cats and dogs - Raining so hard it's unbelievable and absurd, like the idea of raining animals.

 

Dish out ice cream - No you don't use a dish. You use  a spoon or a scoop and put the ice cream into a dish.

 

Feeling under the weather - This means slightly ill, in the way that a shift in weather can sometimes cause.

 

The apple of my eye - A beloved person; expressed by someone who only "has eyes" for another.

 

Mind your P's and Q's - Usually a mother says this to her child, meaning, "behave yourself." It comes from an old English pub expression warning customers not to spill their Pints and Quarts of ale.

 

What's up? - Don't look to the sky! It's urban slang for "How are you? What's new?"

 

Couch potato - Someone who sits around lazily, usually watching TV for hours. "Potato," a lumpy, funny-looking and common food item, just sounds good with it!

 

Put your best foot forward - An expression meaning make your best appearance.

 

To be full of beans - To lie or exaggerate. "He said he has traveled around the world, but I think he's full of beans."

 

Bad blood - Bad relations  with someone, usually family. "They used to be close friends, but now there's bad blood between them."

 

Language is a big part of culture. A big part of moving to a new place is learning the every day language, and the interesting, sometime silly expressions people use. So Konfetka enjoys teaching Russian ladies the finer points of English. Search "Crazy English" and "Language Lessons" on our site for updates.