As long as people have been around, they have tried to communicate with each other. As a means of getting the message across as clearly as possible, idioms and sayings have found their way into our language. Now, because "a picture paints a thousand words", I thought it would be nice to make this a photo challenge. The idea is to choose an idiom, or a saying, ( even slang is allowed) and illustrate it with a picture. Each week we'll cover two letters of the alphabet, okay? You can find the first edition here if you need some inspiration.
"A Thousand Words in Idioms"
If "language is the dress of thoughts" ( Johnson), then idioms must the wardrobe ...
Here we go again, vacation is over, it's back to the usual routine today!
Idiom Wednesday, a fun game I'm hosting, and I hope to get more players each week. It's not too late to join in, it's FUN, so grab your camera, pick an idiom and play!
We're doing O and P this week, and I came across a couple of nice ones while on holliday in France. So here we go, Idiom Wednesday with a little French twist ...
O is for ...
"One swallow does not make a Summer", is an expression usually intended as a warning not to get overexcited about something, just because of one good omen.
One of the origins of this idiom could be this interesting story I found on this site:
This is another one of those expressions which became popular thanks to Aesop's fables. According to the story, a young man sees a swallow on a warm winter day. Since swallows are usually seen only during spring, the young man thinks that spring has arrived. As a result he sells his winter coat and then proceeds to drink with the money he has made. A few days later, it becomes extremely cold again and the young man shivering in the cold realises that one swallow does not necessarily imply that summer has arrived. Other expressions which have more or less the same meaning are "one grain does not fill a sack" and "one actor cannot make a play".
P is for ...
"Put your best foot forward"
If you put your best foot forward, you try your best to do something.
The picture shows my husband trying to put his best foot forward to play jeu de boules. One of the local people from Saint Rémy de Provence is teaching him some of the tactics.
I could have used the same picture for "On the right foot" as well, ( although it looks like he's actually standing on the left foot, oops! Oh well, maybe the left foot was the right foot to do this huh? )
Anyway, I'm digressing. the meaning is: if you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
So there, these are mine for this week, I'm very much looking forward to see what you're going to come up with! Don't forget to sign the Mr Linky if you're playing?