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Foreign Expressions


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Since I am a foreign language teacher, I am frequently asked what certain expressions mean in English. Back in the mid-1990's a magazine (I've seen the following attributed to several, so I'll refrain from naming the magazine) had a contest based on expressions in foreign languages. The instructions were to take a well-known expression in a foreign language, change a single letter, and provide a definition for the new expression.

Here are some of the ones submitted to that contest:

HARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS?
Can you drive a French motorcycle?

IDIOS AMIGOS
We're wild and crazy guys!

VENI, VIPI, VICI
I came, I'm a very important person, I conquered.

COGITO EGGO SUM
I think; therefore I am a waffle.

RIGOR MORRIS
The cat is dead.

RÉPONDEZ S'IL VOUS PLAID
Honk if you're Scottish.
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Signs of Summer


I have received some great signs from readers lately. They follow no theme since they were seen and sent randomly. I hope they will bring you a smile or a laugh to start off your week.

Two of my readers recently made a trip to Europe and spotted this sign for women's clothing sizes in the UK:

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I knew there was a reason I drink coffee. This next sign could be why.
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Quotations by and about Fathers


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This year, for the first time, our son Mark will celebrate Father's Day as a dad. In honor of that, I'm posting some quotations by and about fathers. Some are humorous while others are thoughtful, or even provocative. They come from a large file I had of parent and grandparent quotations. If any of the quotations have incorrect attribution or you know the attribution for any that are unattributed, please let me know and I'll update the post.

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.

A father is a banker provided by nature. - French Proverb

A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic.

A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy. - Philip Whitmore Sr.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! - Psalm 127:4-5

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadworth

Children are poor men's riches. - English Proverb
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Life Is Full of Contradictions


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Do you ever feel conflicted about what people tell you? Good people with differing points of view both seem to make sense ... at least on the surface. Some would call it post modernism, I guess, but it definitely makes you scratch your head. I'm glad to have the Word of God to go to for answers. No one has differing points of view about what it says! (Tongue firmly planted in cheek....)

From the midst of all the noise of man's wisdom out there I bring you today a list of some commonly used bits of conflicting advice.

Birds of a feather flock together.
Opposites attract.

He who hesitates is lost.
Look before you leap.

You're never too old to learn.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

The early bird gets the worm.
Good things come to those who wait.

Look before you leap.
Strike while the iron is hot.

Two heads are better than one.
If you want something done right do it yourself.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Better safe than sorry.
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Make a Caption


I have received several pictures recently that amused me greatly. I thought it would be fun to ask my readers to create captions for them.

This one came with a caption something like this (I tweaked it slightly):

You know it's time to hang up the car keys when your dog has a look like this on his face!

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Here's the front page of the Telegraph from about a month ago. A suitable caption eludes me.
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