From Swedish to Japanese, & now to Portuguese idioms — thanks for joining me on Wordmonger’s World Idiom Tour. I hope you enjoy the poetic imagery in these idioms.
Donkeys’ voices don’t reach the heavens = you’re saying something stupid
Break all the dishes = cause problems
There’s no beauty without an if = there’s no such thing as perfection
Many years turning chickens = much experience
Take your little horse away from the rain = give up
He’s like a racing mackerel = he’s too big for his britches
Monkeys bit me = I am intrigued
To do something so the English can see it = to show off
Swallow frogs = shut up & listen
Under the banana tree shade = no worries
It’s the color of a donkey on the run = it’s color is difficult to describe
To speak by the elbows = to be a motor mouth
Bread to bread & cheese to cheese = easy as pie
To have a flea behind one’s ear = to feel suspicious
He’s got a head of rotten garlic = he is foolish or forgetful
From very small, the cucumber is bent = character traits are acquired at an early age
This is too much sand for my truck = I’m in over my head
My thanks go out to this week’s sources: Omniglot, Matador Network, tagide.com, &Twisted Sifter.
Anne R. Allen
5/17/2023 04:33:46 pm
I keep hitting "like" but it won't register. Tech is so full of rotten garlic!
5/19/2023 06:24:21 pm
Hey Anne -- Yes, & it's fair to say that all that rotten garlic amounts to too much sand for my truck.
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