Category Archives: Idioms

Podcast 28. Telling the Time in English

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Idiom of the day – It’s the thought that counts

Today my friend came home with a cake-making kit and proceeded to make fairy cakes to celebrate my birthday . This is representative of how they turned out. Although the cake wasn’t round, and it was a little bit burned, and the icing was just kind of splodged on top – and the decorations appeared to be randomly scattered around – it was the thought that counted. 😀

We use this phrase when somebody does something nice for us, but it doesn’t really work out very well. ‘Never mind – it’s the thought that counts!’ It’s saying: at least you were thinking of me; it doesn’t matter about the result. 

By the way, the cakes tasted delicious, so it was alright in the end. 

Idiom of the day – To swan about

To swan about means to walk around in a public place in a particularly ostentatious manner – hoping that everybody notices you and in particular the fabulous – and maybe expensive – clothes and hairstyle that you are sporting. It could be said that swans do not swan about, but rather glide effortlessly on silken waters. This idiom is, therefore, a bit of a slur against swans, which are naturally elegant and beautiful creatures, and do not need to try to be noticed – unlike those who must swan about. 

Idiom of the day – To receive a frosty reception 

It is normal at this time of year to go outside and find that the ground is hard and frosty. But it is possible to get a frosty reception at any time of the year. It happens when you arrive somewhere, e.g. a party, and the host is not pleased to see you – perhaps because of something unkind you have previously said or done. Maybe after a few drinks and a nice slice of birthday cake the atmosphere between you will begin to thaw and you can kiss and make up. 😉😘

Idiom of the day – Be careful

If somebody tells you to be careful they are giving you a warning that something dangerous could be just around the corner. This plastic warning post was placed on the road to warn drivers that there was a large unwieldy tree close to the road that could potentially cause an accident. A reckless passerby chose to rip the post from its stand and throw it down on the other side of the road. This person clearly did not see the value in this post, which was warning drivers to be careful – to take care.

Idiom of the day – A little of what you fancy does you good 

This idiom means that it is good to indulge in your favorite food, drink, or pastime – sometimes. It can be healthy even. But keep in mind the ‘little’ part. A doctor might recommend that if you love chocolate or a certain kind of expensive cheese you should allow yourself to have some – from time to time – but certainly not every day! Go easy on the treats!