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Essential Points You Need To Think About When Collaborating A Stag Party

Stag celebrations can be found in all forms and sizes, as well as it’s fair to claim that no 2 stag weekends are ever the exact same (not that you would want them to be anyway!). That stated, there’s an usual style amongst excellent stag weekends – organization and preparation! The very first step in  Read More

November 6, 2017 author

Not My Cup Of Tea

Today’s phrase is not my cup of tea. Explanation: If you say something is not your cup of tea, you mean it is something that does not interest you. Example: Jane declined Oliver’s invitation to the opera, explaining it was not her cup of tea. Origin: This expression got its start in the late 1800s when  Read More

July 16, 2017 author

Shirttail Relative

Today’s phrase is shirttail relative. I read it in a book, and decided to look it up. Explanation: A shirttail relative is someone who is either a relative by marriage, distantly related (say, a third cousin), or a family friend who is an honourary “relative”. Example: June invited everyone to the wedding – even the  Read More

June 15, 2017 author

Barn Burner

Today’s phrase is barn burner.  I can honestly say I’d never heard the expression barn burner before today. Someone used it on a call, and of course I wanted to know what it meant! Explanation: A barn burner is something that arouses much excitement or interest. Example:  The Superbowl is always a barn burner –  Read More

May 3, 2017 author

Cheek By Jowl

Today’s expression is cheek by jowl. Explanation: If you say something or someone is cheek by jowl, you mean that they are very close together,  practically side by side. Example: Caitlin hated taking the subway at rush hour, she was always stuffed in cheek by jowl with tons of other people. Origin: This phrase, the first recorded  Read More

April 26, 2017 author

Coming Down The Pike

Today’s phrase is the English expression coming down the pike. Explanation:  The phrase coming down the pike means something that appears or comes forward. Example: Jeff took careful note of everyone’s ideas, but refused to make a decision on what kind of cake to order. He said “I have to wait and see if any  Read More

April 2, 2017 author

My Name is Carolyn

My nick name is Carolyn, and I have a B.A. in English from a Canadian university. I have been a documentation writer since graduation, and always had a love of words. I hope to share that love (and my offbeat sense of humour) with people, while helping them learn about all the craziness the English language has to offer. Click Here