December 2012

Bull in a China Shop

by Joanne Mason on December 24, 2012

Take a look at this guy. Now imagine him in a china shop, surrounded by crystal wine glasses and fine china teacups. Do you think the merchandise would survive? Someone who is a bull in a china shop is awkward, clumsy, and uncoordinated, with a tendency to disrupt things. Example 1 I can’t take Greg […]


Please Vote for About English Idioms!

by Joanne Mason on December 22, 2012

I’m excited and honored to announce that About English Idioms has been nominated for a Macmillan Dictionary Love English Award!  This award goes to the best blog about the English language.  (There is a category for best website, too.) May I ask for your vote?  It’s easy to do – just click here, scroll down […]


Broken Record

by Joanne Mason on December 4, 2012

Around four this morning, my cat began her request for an early breakfast. “Meow.” “Meow.” “Meow.” “Meow.” “Kitty,” I told her.  “You’re sounding like a broken record!” When someone sounds like a broken record, he or she repeats things over and over. Example 1 Whenever my Mom and I went to the store when I […]