BREAK A LEG

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It’s a theatrical superstition that wishing someone good luck is actually bad luck. Following that logic, the polite thing to say is, “Break a leg!” There are all sorts of bad things that can happen to an actor on stage, so I’m not sure why we settled on breaking a leg. Imagine if we said, “Forget your lines!” or “Get … Read More

Heart of Gold

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Hearts are very popular for idioms.  There’s “heart to heart,” “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” “broken heart,” “bleeding heart,” and this week’s winner, “heart of gold.”   To have a heart of gold means to be a kind, caring and giving person. While English is a living, breathing language and new idioms are constantly popping up, this one has … Read More

Piece of Cake

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And the award for best idiom in a motion picture goes to……PIECE OF CAKE. Here in Los Angeles, traffic alerts are already being issued and roads are starting to close in preparation for Sunday’s Academy Awards show. It started me thinking that there should be an award for best use of idiom in a motion picture, or maybe, best use … Read More

IDIOM OF THE WEEK

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Welcome to the Idiom of the Week. Every week, I’m going to explain an idiom and include a writing prompt. An idiom is an expression whose meaning is different than the actual meaning of the words. Idioms are what bring language to life, so without further adieu, here’s the very first Idiom of the Week. Have you ever wanted to … Read More

GO BIG AND USE HYPERBOLE

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    Here’s a little figurative language motivation to get everybody through the weekend. I have a huge soft spot for motivational sayings and posters, so I thought it would be fun to combine that with figurative language. Have a good weekend and keep on hyperbolizing. Jenn  

The Best Advice Ever

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Whether children are in a school that ability groups or not, they are sure to compare themselves to their peers.  Unfortunately, so are their parents.  Given that our human nature is naturally competitive, I thought this would be a good time of year to share a piece of advice that has stayed with me through the years. The principal of … Read More