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.
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
For want of a nail
Hammer and tongs
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
Take a hammering
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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