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2 02, 2016

Well Heeled – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:28+00:00 By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase, "well heeled.” This phrase likely isn't as well known as other idioms referring to the wealthy and those born into inheritance, including "born with a silver spoon", simply because when taken out of context,  the phrase remains ambiguous [...]

26 01, 2016

Wild Goose Chase – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:28+00:00 By |

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 [...]

19 01, 2016

Young Turk – Political Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:29+00:00 By |

With America due to elect a new President in 2016, today's featured idiom, "Young Turk," is rather timely. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are looking to capture the youth vote and have their respective party's ideology appeal to the youth of America on an emotional first and foremost. To accomplish this, Democratic Presidential candidate [...]

7 01, 2016

Pardon my French – Conversational Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:29+00:00 By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase “Pardon my French.” A common variant of this phrase is “Pardon my Language”, but they have identical meanings. Occasionally this phrase is used within a conversation whenever a person has said, or is about to say, something that [...]

24 12, 2015

Lost Ball in High Weeds – Ball Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:29+00:00 By |

An unfortunate reality in the business world is that there is only one constant: change. While you may feel confident about the contributions you are making to the company now and how much you are valued as an employee, there remains the chance that you could be moved to a different department by management without [...]

15 12, 2015

Mexican Standoff – Confrontation Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

The prospect of changing your speech to speak with a reduced accent may seem like a daunting task. This can leave 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 [...]

9 12, 2015

A Whole New Ballgame – Sports Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase “ a whole new ballgame.” A common variation of this phrase is "a whole 'nother ball of wax." While the latter phrase is certainly more formal, they both used to emphasize the sharp contrast between one or more [...]

2 12, 2015

Blaze a Trail – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

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 [...]

18 11, 2015

Badger to Death – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

Do you have one person in your office who's notoriously hard to contact outside of work? They sit  in their cubicle and produce consistently good work, yet they're consistently described by those around them as being "introverted" or a "lone wolf." Thanks to social  media websites like Twitter and Facebook, you may find these people [...]

14 11, 2015

Greek to me – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

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

5 11, 2015

A Diamond is Forever-“Stone” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31+00:00 By |

We conclude our series on American idioms featuring or relating to the word “stone” today with the idiom, “a diamond is forever.” This phrase is most notably associated with De Beers thanks to a copywriter named Frances Gerety, who in 1947 came up with the advertising slogan "A Diamond is Forever." It has since been [...]

24 10, 2015

Belle of the Ball – Ball Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31+00:00 By |

Now that you’ve made the decision to adopt a modified speaking accent with the help of of AccentPros’ certified accent coaches and various online resources, you are likely more aware of the kind of language you use on an everyday basis. Are you more of a straightforward communicator or one that likes to utilize similes, [...]

13 10, 2015

Chinese Whispers – Gossip Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31+00:00 By |

We've all been there. You hear an exciting bit of office gossip and immediately begin to think of not only who you're going to tell it to first, but how you're going to tell them. E-mail? Text? Tweet? Direct Message? With the explosion of social media and texting services available to us in this current [...]

29 09, 2015

Ball and Chain- English Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31+00:00 By |

If you've ever had a friend who finds themselves in the beginning stages of a relationship, you know all too well how tiring it can be to listen to them drone on and on about "lovely" things that their significant other does. Such as, the way they laugh, never give up on the Sunday crossword [...]

24 09, 2015

Double Dutch – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

A critical piece of successful business communication is developing the ability to ask for things in a direct manner, without giving the impression of being condescending or demonstrative. As someone who is looking to refine their speech by speaking with an American accent, you may find yourself thinking that you must impress your listener by [...]

15 09, 2015

Walk Free-“Free Idioms”

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

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 [...]

8 09, 2015

Keep the Ball Rolling – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

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

1 09, 2015

Throw in The Towel – Sports Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

Have you ever felt the urge to throw in the towel after a particularly difficult day at the office? Such feelings may creep up if you feel as though you've taken on more responsibility than you can handle in the hopes of getting a promotion. There is also a sense of frustration over not having [...]

26 08, 2015

In the Same Boat-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:35+00:00 By |

A critical piece of successful business communication is developing the ability to ask for things in a direct manner, without giving the impression of being condescending or demonstrative. As someone who is looking to refine their speech by speaking with an American accent, you may find yourself thinking that you must impress your listener by [...]

17 08, 2015

Off the Beaten Track -Travel Idioms

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

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 [...]