I love the word Idiom….well it is one letter away from idiot which when used properly can also be a great word. Oops, sorry, I got a little carried away there. So, yesterday while attending a social event, I used the idiom, “are you the pot or the kettle?”. I got called on it as someone there wasn’t all that familiar with this term. Once I explained what it meant…Wikipedia= The pot calling the kettle black. The phrase “The pot calling the kettle black” is an idiom used to claim that a person is guilty of the very thing of which they accuse another.
The conversation continued on as he responded with….”I have never seen a black kettle”…..OH GOOD LORD. I then explained that this expression is quite old, dating back to when cast iron pots and kettles were used over an open fire…At this point the conversation turned to other idioms. I figured this would be a great topic for a blog as I have been in this situation before when I used the idiom, “Bob’s your uncle”. Which by the way, is a way of saying “you’re all set” or “you’ve got it made.” It’s a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint a certain Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland.
So, today is Idiom Sunday, I have already shared 2 idioms I use a fair amount, I will share 3 more for today’s article.
Butter Someone Up– Meaning: To impress someone with flattery
Origin: This was a customary religious act in ancient India. The devout would throw butter balls at the statues of their gods to seek favor and forgiveness.
Bite off more than you can chew- Meaning: If you “bite off more than you can chew”, you have taken on a project or task that is beyond what you are capable o
Origin: This saying dates back to 1800s America, when people often chewed tobacco. Sometimes the greedier people bit off too large a chunk – hence the warning not to bite off more than they could chew.
Blow off some steam- Meaning: to do or say something that helps you get rid of strong feelings or energy
Origin: Based on the steam engine which would explode if steam were not allowed to escape into the air.