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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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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Thousand Words in Idioms

"A Thousand Words in Idioms"

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. You can find the first edition here if you need some inspiration.

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

From now on everybody can join in. No need to follow the alphabet, just pick two idioms and illustrate them with your pictures. Grab that camera or look in your archives. Just be creative, that's all I'm asking!
And don't forget to have fun and visit one another, okay?

So here we go ...

All ears:
If someone says they're all ears, they are very interested in hearing about something.

“ Mess with a bull , you get the horns”:
If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.


*** I tell you, this guy was not to be messed about with! There was an electrical barbed wired fence and a ditch between us, but I was glad I could get back in the car. Even though his horns had already been cut off, I still think that guy could easily kill someone. In fact two farmers have been killed here in Belgium in recent weeks!


Now don’t forget to sign the Mr Linky if you’re playing. Please click on the Mr Linky box and add the link to your post ( not the link to your homepage), okay?


Loree said...

I like the All Ears photo. I think that lady is desperately trying to find something out.

MaR said...

Love those idioms but I like the pictures best!!
I only have one today,hope it is okay... ::grin:

quilly said...

Your pictures say it all! Great idioms, Jientje!

Anonymous said...

What great idioms my Belgian Bombshell. Those pictures are soo good and show the idioms so well. That Bull looks like he's a mean one. Sorta like me LOL Excellent :)

Gattina said...

Very nice! but I am sure the bull just wanted to give you a kiss ! It looks like !

For the moment I have wonderful weather and am listening to the seagulls. They are much bigger (I would say the double) of the once you see at our coast !

Jientje said...

@ Loree: They were eavesdropping!
@ Mar: All is forgiven Mar, thanks for playing, despite the circumstances!
@ Quilly: Thanks!
@ Thom: Yeah, stubborn as a bull, right? ROFL!!
@ Gattina: I'm sure that was the least of his intentions! He was mean, you should have seen him, heard him! Make sure to take a lot of pictures of the seagulls, okay?

Anonymous said...

I love this post and the idea of this blogging theme. Very cool! Can't wait to see your next idiom posts. So sorry to read about the other farmers killed by the bulls.


Heidi said...

Mad cow, wow! Good one. I'll have to see if I can find some pictures and post later after work.

Unknown said...

I have heard both of them and like them! I've had my share of horns. :)

Wanda..... said...

That bull has been working out...not an ounce of fat...appears to be all firm muscle...his ears even look strong!

moneythoughts said...

I enjoy the pictures, but I can't play. It would take me a year to come up with one photo if at all. My wires don't work that way.

RA said...

Magnificent shots as always! I really miss participating in your meme. Have a great week, Jientje :)

Melli said...

That bull looks so FUNNY without his horns! I'm not sure I've ever seen one hornless! LOL! Great idioms!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

This is fun! I teach foreign languages and translate them, and, boy, are idioms the most difficult thing (and very important - a culture comes alive through its idioms). Thanks for the post.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Two awesome photos to make the point. I am afraid of the bull, even in pictures.


Brenda said...

Great illustrations of those idioms :)

kayerj said...

both idioms and pictures are perfect. I met a few bulls I was afraid of during my lifetime :)

Barbara H. said...

The all ears picture is just perfect. She definitely looks like she's trying to hear what's going on. I hadn't heard the second one quite like that -- I seem to remember something like "don't grab a bull by the horns" -- but it's the same idea. I wouldn't want to mess with that bull, horn or no horns!

Jientje said...

@ Paz: Thank you! Why don't you join us? It was in the paper a couple of days ago, yes.
@ 2Thinks: Looking forward to that!
@ Lisa: You have?
@ Wanda: Well said, even his ears look strong! He was tons of muscles that one!
@ moneythoughts: That's okay, you can just watch! I'm not wired for politics and investments and stuff, so I cannot always comment on your blog either.
But I love it when you drop in and comment here.
@ Rosidah: But you ARE playing this week, and you did very well! Welcome back!
@ Melli: I KNOW why they did that, believe me!
@ Elisabeth Mahlou: Thank you for your kind comment! It was my grandmother's colorful language that inspired me for this, and I enjoy it very much! It brings a language and a culture to life, so true!
@ MrsLittleJeans: You should have heard him!
@ Brenda: Thank you!
@ BarbaraH: Grabbing a bull by the horns is a different one, as far as I know. It means to get ready to do something, to tackle a chore. Indeed, messing with this guy would be deadly!

Nicole said...

Love them two shots and they fit the saying well!
That bull looks scary :D!

Dr.John said...

I will enjoy seeing your illustrations but I just don't have time for another meme.

Unknown said...

Love the idioms and the pics. Really went well together!

Jientje said...

@ Nicole: He was very scary!
@ Dr John: That's okay!
@ Keats: Thank you!

Dr.John said...

Beautiful illustrations of the two idioms. You do this so well.

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