February 2011

Red Carpet

by Joanne Mason on February 27, 2011

The 83rd Academy Awards take place tonight and and the media – photographers, reporters, and TV crews – will be swarming the red carpet, trying to get interviews with our favorite celebrities.  Fans, too, will be flocking about, trying to catch a glimpse. Red carpet is a pretty versatile phrase, when you think about it. […]


Buy the Farm

by Joanne Mason on February 21, 2011

Photo by Clearly Ambiguous via Flickr Mike asks, “How did the idiom bought the farm come to mean death?” Great question!  And this was actually a new idiom for me, so it was even more fun to research. Buy the farm means “die” in a dark humor kind of way, similar to kick the bucket. […]


Wear One’s Heart on One’s Sleeve

by Joanne Mason on February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you wearing your heart on your sleeve? If you are, then you’re showing your emotions openly, not hiding them inside. Example 1 It’s easy to tell when Max is in love.  He always wears his heart on his sleeve. Example 2 When Jessica’s dog passed away, she was sad but never […]


Monday Morning Quarterback

by Joanne Mason on February 7, 2011

Good morning!  It’s the day after Super Bowl Sunday!  Have you heard anyone Monday morning quarterbacking? A Monday morning quarterback is someone who criticizes or makes unfair judgments about an event after it occurs.  Here’s more: A quarterback is the football player who leads the game.  We also use the word beyond football to talk about […]


Kick the Bucket

by Joanne Mason on February 2, 2011

Back in October, a reader named Michelle asked this question on our Facebook page: Last night my two-year-old was literally kicking a bucket of crayons across the floor, and as I yelled, “Don’t kick the bucket!” I wondered, where did that expression come from? I regret that I didn’t even see this question until this […]