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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother,a grandmothe and a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Thousand Words In Idioms, #2 C and D

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 new 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?
We covered our first edition last week with A and B, it's here if you need some inspiration.
I have slightly changed the name of this meme, it's now called

" A Thousand Words In Idioms"

If "language is the dress of thoughts" ( Johnson), then idioms must the wardrobe ...

Each week we will cover two letters of the alphabet, and since this is week two, this week's idioms have to start with a C and a D. If you're joining in for the first time, you can either do all four of them or just join in with the letters of this week. That's entirely up to you.
So here we go ....

C is for ...

"Cost an arm and a leg":
If something costs an arm and a leg, it means it's very expensive.
I've found some very interesting theories about the origins of that saying here.

And here's my picture. This display in the window of a tattoo shop made me smile when I was out on a photo walk with a friend of mine last year. I knew I just HAD to photograph it!!

And D is for ...

"Ducks in a row" If you have your ducks in a row, you are well organized.

I've even found a bonus one for the same picture !
" ducks to water" : If you take to something like ducks to water, it means it comes natural to you, like you have a natural affinity for it.
That's interesting, because in In Dutch we would say "you feel like a fish in the water"

So there, I hope you've enjoyed mine, and that maybe I have inspired you to play along!

I am very much looking forward to see what you will come up with!
Now click on the Mr Linky widget to find out who else is in on this, and add your link to your post if you're playing! Thanks!
Links from people who are NOT playing will be removed by me though!!!


Korie said...

I hava pictures and idioms today I just don't have tim eto post till after work, but I definitely will!

And in English when someone feels or looks awkward in their environment we say it's like a fish out of water.

Gattina said...

Very nice findings ! especially the first one, lol ! If you want to post earlier (for the Australians e.g.) Do like I do for my cat game, I schedule for 5 am then I can sleep in peace until I wake up, which is mostly 6am, lol. It works real well !

MaR said...

What great finds and pictures, and clever idioms!! The fist one is such an interesting shot, the second one is cute, cute!
My idioms are posted here, happy Wednesday!!

Anonymous said...

Very great idioms. These are perfect and the pictures are just excellent. You have done great with this meme and it's off to a great start. Very very clever. Kudos my Belgian Bombshell :)

quilly said...

I am so loving this meme! The photos for your idioms are great. The arm and leg one is choice!

Melli said...

Jientje! These are perfect! I love those limbs in the tattoo shop! Amazing that you found those! My idioms are up for last week and this!

Nessa said...

These are very good. That first one is a unique find.

Doug The Una said...

Watching the mother duck with the young'uns it occurs to me that "having ducks in a row" is the opposite of "herding cats."

Lowell said...

What a wonderful blog...love your photos and your excellent and humorous commentary! Thanks for stopping by The Villages DP and I shall return here often!

Libby's Library said...

Brilliant! If you do this one again (after going through the alphabet) I may give it a try. Couldn't someone come up with a meme of "Just Things Around the House"? Cause I could ace that one!!!

Cindy said...

Love the arm and leg!
Mine's up.

Nicole said...

That's great. I totally love the first shot.
They both are cool and fit the phrase.

Christine said...

Fantastic. I loved them both!!!! I am tempted to play. I am so sorry for not picking up my awards. I really am honored that you gave them to me. I am going to search them out and post. Soon. I may need your help finding them. Hangs head.

Alida said...

These were awesome.

Unknown said...

Interesting post. :) Love the tattooed arm (and leg?)!! you always find the coolest things!

Becky said...

You are one smart lady! You always seem to ace all the challenges you have been given!

Jientje said...

@ Korie: So glad you're in! Loved them!
@ Gattina: You're such an early bird! Good choices yourself!
@ Mar: Thanks for playing, yours are also clever!
@ Thom: More players each week, that's great! Yours were fun!
@ Quilly: Good thing I remembered that one!
@ Melli: Yours were so YOU!!! LOved each and everyone of them!
@ Doug: You're so clever with words!
@ Jacob: I'm looking forward to see you again!
@ Libby: Don't wait!! Join in! You don't need to catch up, just jump on the bandwagon!
@ Cindy: Yours were great!
@ Nicole: I never knew what I would do with it before this!
@ Christine: please do , it's so much fun!!
@ Alida: Thanks!
@ Lisaschaos: And you don't? Oh come on!! I am the one who gets inspired by you!!
@ Becky: Everybody is doing great on these.

Marie Reed said...

What a great Meme Idea! I'm playing too! I linked up the perfect older post and will put on my thinking cap for next week:)

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