May 2011

Phrases from our Mothers

by Joanne Mason on May 9, 2011

Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the U.S., so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the phrases our mothers say. One of my mother’s favorite phrases was: That’s the way the mop flops. It means “that’s just the way it is” or “that’s life.”  She had a few variations, too: […]


Spill the Beans

by Joanne Mason on May 5, 2011

When I was little, I was really bad at keeping secrets, especially when it came to birthday and Christmas gifts.  I used to tell my Dad, “I got you pistachios, but erase that from your mind, okay?” Another time, my brother mentioned a game he was hoping for.  “That’s what it is!” I exclaimed “What?” […]