Road To Nowhere

Being housebound, I have had time to think of all sorts of ridiculous, unimportant, and trivial things.   Therefore, it’s not surprising that I’ve been remembering idioms I never would have guessed would be so apt.  All of these have crossed my mind at one point or another in the last two months:


You’re going nowhere

All dressed up with nowhere to go

Getting nowhere fast

In the middle of nowhere

Nowhere to be found

Out  of nowhere

Nowhere to be seen


In order to alleviate the tedium brought on by our current situation, we’ve been going for rides just to get out of the house.  Those Sunday afternoon rides of yore are now Monday through Saturday rides, too. Of course, when we go, we have no goal in mind because we can’t stop anywhere or see anyone.  It never fails that when we head out on one of these jaunts I envision David Byrne running in place.  I love Talking Heads, really I do, but it’s perturbing that every time we leave the house I have this song in my head.  EVERY.DAMNED.TIME.




A Bad Carpenter Blames His Tools

As I’m watching the folks working on our new garage, it occurs to me that there are a lot of idioms related to tools and their ilk.  I went searching and found a great site here  that lists the following:

Another nail in the coffin

Clamp down

Drill down

For want of a nail

Get nailed

Hammer and tongs

Hammer away

Hammer home

Hard as Nails

Has a screw loose

Hit the nail on the head

Mad enough to spit nails

Nail it down

Nail someone’s hide to the wall

Nail jello to the wall

On the Nail

Put a monkey wrench into something

Put the hammer down

Saw wood

Screw around

Screw over

Screw up

Screwed up

Take a hammering

Tool around

Tools of the Trade

Tough as nails

Turn of the screw

Under the hammer



Let’s not forget the sexy phrases that include the words ‘drilled,’ ‘screwed,’ ‘nailed,’ and ‘hammered.’  The list is endless here!

Also, I never realized that there are so many phrases using the word ‘screw’ that are followed by prepositions.  It appears to be a very busy word!

Can you think of any others?


Just for the record, we have a fantastic carpenter and the title idiom of this piece is the exact opposite of our experience.  When we picked him, we nailed it!


Are they working on the floor for the first floor or the floor for the second floor?  I never thought I could put four ‘floors’ in one sentence!


I’m dedicating this post to Renata Fernandes because she is a translator who thirsts for English idioms.  Here you go Renata…have fun!


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