Quotes, Sayings & Idioms
The people of a nation are enslaved when, together, they are helpless to institute effective change, when the people serve the government more than the government serves them.
Gerry Spence, American trial lawyer, b. 1929
enslaved – made slaves, reduced to slavery
helpless – unable
If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
– Everything you undertake should be done thoroughly.
is worth – merits
To the point = pertinent to the subject being discussed
Neil’s comments on the latest developments in the IT sector were very apt and to the point.
apt – appropriate
Tongue twisters are phrases made up of words that are designed to be difficult to articulate properly and it is fun to see if you can say them repeatedly and as quickly as possible.
These are the most difficult:
Eleven benevolent elephants
pre-shrunk silk-shirt sale
three short sword sheaths
an Argyle Gargoyle
gobbling gargoyles gobbled gabbling goblins
I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch
lovely lemon liniment
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
I saw Esau sitting on a see-saw
she sells sea shells on the sea shore.
Quotes, Sayings & Idioms
Leave well – even “pretty well” – alone: that is what I learn as I get old.
Edward Fitzgerald, English poet, 1809 – 1883
leave … alone – don’t touch
(Reference to the saying “Leave well enough alone”.)
Soon learnt, soon forgotten.
– It is easy to forget something that has been learnt too quickly.
learnt – past tense of learn (US: learned)
Let it all hang out = behave freely without worrying about what others may think of you (very informal)
Take it easy, George! have a drink! Take off that tie! Let it all hang out!
behave – act, conduct yourself
“It is a truth universally that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice http://ow.ly/i/v5U55
Best of British
Focus on Oxford
Oxford, known as the “City of Dreaming Spires” because of the harmonious architecture of its buildings, is famous the world over for its university as well as its place in history.
For over eight hundred years it has been a home to royalty and to scholars, and the “Oxford accent” has been hailed as the accent of educated choice.
The city, on the River Thames, was founded in the ninth century when the Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex, Alfred the Great, created a network of fortified towns across his kingdom.
Today it has a population of around 165,000 and boasts a lively mix of restaurants, pubs, theatres and tourist attractions which give this historic city a vibrant and cosmopolitan buzz. http://ow.ly/i/v5SSc
In the late 1950s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney formed a group to play skiffle music in Liverpool pubs. They began as ‘The Quarrymen’, then became ‘Johnny and the Moondogs’, ‘The Moonshiners’, and ‘Long John and the Silver Beatles’ before finally settling on ‘The Beatles’.
After John Lennon proclaimed that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, the band suffered a huge backlash from religious groups in the United States. South Africa also banned airplay of Beatles records until 1971.
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find out – discover information
We found out about their secret dealings with our competitors.
fall out – have an argument, stop being friendly
I really don’t want us to fall out over this.
figure out – understand, find an answer
I can’t figure out what’s wrong with this printer.
get on with – have a good relationship with somebody
I get on really well with my in-laws.