« I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, so I don’t think I’ll make it to your party. »
« Josh can’t come to school today because he’s a little under the weather, I’d like him to rest. »
If you’re feeling « under the weather » it means that you’re not at your best. Use it within a sentence when you’d like to tell someone that you’re not feeling well. It generally means you have a cold, and isn’t used for more serious illnesses.
Cutting corners is often tempting, but also often leads to disasters. Whenever you try to save time by either not putting in a full effort, or by omitting some seemingly unimportant details, it will come back and bite you!
A few examples of cutting corners:
Not taking the time to properly proofread a document.
I find myself saying this a little too often I think! Usually to my son, when he’s doing something super simple and making out as if it’s the hardest thing in the world. Or, when I see someone say or do something dumb on TV.
So really, you can say this whenever you feel that something really isn’t that hard. For example, when my mom can’t figure out how to switch to a video call on what’s app, I might say to her: oh come on, it’s not rocket science!
This one may sound a little counterintuitive, but people do actually use it!
So how? Well, if someone says something you really agree with, for example, « That coat is bright! » You might reply, « You can say that again. » Normally, you’d also put a little more emphasis on « that ».
Is there an expression like this on your language?
Anyone musical out there? Today’s expression is: fit as a fiddle!
So why? Where does it come from?
The word « fit » refers to being in good condition, that is, the fiddle (violin) must be suitable, or fit for purpose. 1 The phrase did not always look exactly like this, in the past, a person could also say: as fine as a fiddle, for example. Indeed, Thomas Dekker (The Batchelars Banquet, 1603) and W. Haughton’s (English-men for my Money, 1616) qualified a lady as fine as a fiddle and fit as a fiddle in their respective works.2
So, to be as fit as a fiddle now means simply to be in good physical shape!
Here are some examples:
My dad is getting on in years (getting old) but he’s still fit as a fiddle.
Wow, is she going to run the Boston marathon? Oh yeah, she’s fit as a fiddle!
When I finish this exercise regimen, I’ll be fit as a fiddle!
Now for this expression, I have to say that in reality, I often judge a book by its cover! However, I try not to judge people by their appearance, and that’s the whole point, right?
In terms of books though, I love a good cover! A great book jacket, that grabs your attention can really make you pick up a book. On that note, I watched a TED talk by a book designer on the very subject. I’ll include a link below.
It’s hard though, isn’t it, to put your prejudice to the side and not make assumptions about people and places? It’s hardwired in us.
You know those awkward meetings you can have sometimes when you meet a friend’s new girlfriend or boyfriend, and that friend goes to the bathroom and leaves you two together? That’s when you need to break the ice!
In order to do this, you can use some « ice breakers » or jokes, to relieve the tension.
So, to break the ice, means to relieve the tension, or awkwardness of a situation!
You can say:
I broke the ice by telling her my favorite joke.
Talking about the latest Netflix series can be a good (or bad!) way to break the ice.
How about a card game to break the ice?
Now it’s your turn, can you think of any good ways to break the ice?