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14 11, 2015

Greek to me – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

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 [...]

7 10, 2015

Stone the Crow – “Stone” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

The phrase "Stone the Crow" may be known to a subset of heavy metal music fans, as a song by this title was released as a single in 1995 by the New Orleans based band, Down. Given the way that the English language is constantly evolving due to the ever present influence of social media [...]

29 09, 2015

Ball and Chain- English Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

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”

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

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 [...]

8 09, 2015

Keep the Ball Rolling – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

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

2017-03-23T06:46:35-05:00By |

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

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

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. [...]