17 08, 2015

Off the Beaten Track -Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

In today's idiom post we are going to examining the meaning and origin of the phrase "Off the beaten track." A common variant of this phrase is "off the beaten path", but they have identical meanings. Occasionally this phrase is used within a conversation to refer to the conversation itself and how it has drifted [...]

10 08, 2015

Paddle Your Own Canoe-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

The prospect of changing your speech to speak with a reduced accent may seem like a daunting task, one that leaves you open to self doubt about whether you are betraying a part of your identity by making such changes. You can counter any fears you may have by reminding yourself that you are in [...]

3 08, 2015

Hit the Road-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

If you stop to think about it, many slang phrases in the American lexicon originated as song lyrics. The majority of these seemingly fall out of favor as quickly as they appear. Part of this has to do with the fact these terms become dated, thus dating the person who uses them frequently and giving [...]

27 07, 2015

Taken for a Ride – Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]

23 07, 2015

Marketing the Irish Language

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

To increase their marketability, British and American actors must be versatile enough to master a wide range of accents, including the American southern accent, New York, and Boston accents. When moviegoers see their favorite actors playing a role that requires a specific accent they normally don't have an appreciation for how many hours the actor [...]

13 07, 2015

The Newfoundland Accent in Canada

2017-03-23T06:46:37-05:00By |

Newfoundland and Labrador have the collective distinction of being Canada's most Eastern providence. The mainland Labrador and island Labrador are often described as being a single entity, despite the fact that nearly 92 percent of the providence's total population of 526,702 lives on Labrador. Aside from their close proximity to one another, another fascinating part [...]

9 07, 2015

The French Language in Louisiana

2017-03-23T06:46:37-05:00By |

It used to be that servers working in French-themed restaurants outside France were the only ones who were proficient in basic phrases found in the French language. These were used to great effect when interacting with customers and taking orders. Now, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, CODOFIL, is spearheading an effort [...]

29 06, 2015

Put all your Eggs in One Basket- Egg Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:37-05:00By |

We conclude our series on American idioms featuring the word "egg" today with the idiom, "put all your eggs in one basket." Similar to "kill the goose that laid the golden egg" this phrase is normally used in a financial context, a scenario where all of one's resources have been put in a single place. [...]

15 06, 2015

Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Idiom: kill the goose that laid the golden egg The business world is defined by risk, and those who take risks and have their boldness pay off in the form of a bigger paycheck, promotion, or a burgeoning stock portfolio are celebrated. In these situations, discussion of the inherent risk faced by the individuals involved [...]

11 06, 2015

Face the Music-Music Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation: should your company should continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit, or try to go after a different demographic. Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

9 06, 2015

Pig and Whistle- Music related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Most of what we are exposed to on the internet in today's society is driven by popularity. Everyone follows a set routine when they first get online at the start of the day: checking e-mail, browsing some of our preferred websites, updating friends on our lives via social media etc., but despite what you may [...]

5 06, 2015

All that Jazz-Music Related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

In business discussions, idioms serve to creatively express ideas that have already been explained without coming across as repetitive. They can also cut through discussions full of complex jargon, reinforcing the main ideas in a manner that is more likely to be retained by the audience at the end of a meeting when compared to [...]

1 06, 2015

Accent Bias on Rate My Professors

2017-03-23T06:46:38-05:00By |

Perception is Everything In professions where speaking is the primary form of communication, the tendency for accent bias to develop to various degrees amongst a speaker's audience is inevitable. It is an unfortunate reality for foreign born business executives, teachers and CEO's, who must work harder than their American counterparts when speaking to get listeners [...]

29 05, 2015

Heavy Metal-Music related Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

Generally music has proven to be detrimental when it comes to aiding the learning and retention of information.  However it does increase one's focus prior to engaging in a task they're intimately familiar with, as when surgeons listen to their favorite type of music while performing an operation. Half of the anesthetists polled in the [...]

26 05, 2015

Accents in Movies: The Tim Monich Way

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

What Accent is That? Do you usually notice when an actor or actress is using an accent for their character in a movie? An actor's poor attempt at adopting a particular accent can also ruin otherwise good movies by making their character's dialogue difficult or impossible to understand. Depending on the number of accents present, [...]

21 05, 2015

Accents and Identity in Gangs of New York

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

Capturing Accents Lost to History In the previous two Accents in Movies articles, we've talked about the important role dialect coach Tim Monich has played in helping some of Hollywood's most high profile actors master a variety of complex accents, from the standard native New York accent to a southern accent that reflects a background [...]

18 05, 2015

Spare the Rod Spoil The Child-Baby Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including "hash tag" and "friended", have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]

14 05, 2015

American Sniper and Bradley Cooper’s Accent

2017-03-23T06:46:39-05:00By |

American Sniper The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper was given a worldwide release on January 16, 2015, and--as of this writing--has generated $247 million at the American box office. American Sniper, the biographical war film is based on the experiences of the late US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who is regarded as the most [...]

11 05, 2015

Robbing the Cradle-Baby Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:40-05:00By |

When it comes to online dating projecting the proper image is essential. This causes both men and women to lie about their actual age, post outdated pictures of themselves from they were younger and believed themselves to be more attractive, and boast about their achievements in their dating profile. The anonymity  of the internet has [...]