воскресенье, 30 сентября 2018 г.
|Idioms derived from kinship terms|
|Abdullahi u Bichi from Nigeria writes:|
I have seen your responses on idioms. Would you kindly give me some examples of idioms that involve kinship terms?
|Roger Woodham replies:|
it runs in the family - an ability or talent that is passed on through the generations
your own flesh and blood - a member of your family, do not forget it!
bad blood - hostility or unfriendliness between two families or family members
blood is thicker than water - family ties are stronger than any others, despite arguments.
mum's the word - it's a secret, don't tell anyone
mother nature - nature and its benevolence towards human beings
a sugar daddy - a rich man who is generous to younger women in return for sexual favours
a father figure - someone that you can turn to for advice and support
|Sons and daughters|
a chip off the old block - a son or daughter who is just like their father in character, looks or temperament
child's play / kids' stuff - an easy task that requires little effort
a confirmed bachelor - a man who has decided on principle never to marry
a blind date - an arranged meeting between two people of the opposite sex who haven't met before
a passing fancy - temporary liking for someone or something
|Husband and wife and other relationships|
my old man / my old woman - a slightly derogatory term for husband / wife
old wives' tales - traditional beliefs which are proved wrong by science
a bit on the side - a sexual relationship outside marriage
an old flame - someone of the opposite sex you were strongly attracted to in the past
|House and home|
on the house - provided free to the customer by the hotel, bar or organisation
a home from home - place where one feels very welcome
home truths - honest criticism which is often painful
четверг, 20 сентября 2018 г.
I can write this blog until I'm blue in the face. Guess what? I have learned this expression from an e-mail I get every week from English, Baby! Actually, I also discovered that I can blogpost their lessons. Here is one. And, you know, the contents of this post changes every day. Isn't that awesome?