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You're Certifiable

“You’re certifiable” sounds like it might be a nice thing to say. But it isn’t. It means you’re crazy. Other sayings used to refer to a faulty mental state include, “the lights are on, but nobody’s home” and “he’s not playing with a full deck”.

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Get Out of Here

Get out of here (or get outta here) can be used to tell someone to leave. It can also be used when you don’t believe what they are saying or you are surprised by it. 33 more words

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An Arm and a Leg

“It cost me an arm and a leg” means that it cost a lot of money. Other idioms that use arms and legs, include “break a leg”, which means good luck — especially in show business, “pull my leg” which means to fool someone (e.g Are you pulling my leg?) and pull my finger, used by uncles towards little nephews and nieces. 27 more words

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Update about Updates!

The next story is coming along nicely. It’ll be a slightly shorter piece that is silly and strange, but at least no one dies! I don’t know how familiar any of you are with fairy tales, but finding one like that is uncommon. 209 more words


My six year old niece’s two favorite words are seriously and really.

What companies put in their hair care products warrants such skepticism.

I use to teach Chinese children English. 243 more words

That's What She Said

“That’s what she said” is an old idiom for old men. It is (in their minds) a witty aside that adds out-of-the-blue sexual innuendo. It is also usually self-depreciating as it belittles the speaker’s sexual prowess. 83 more words

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Working hard or hardly working

“Working hard or hardly working” is an amusing and informal way to greet someone you know, especially if they’re over sixty. It’s good to know since it can help you keep two similar but different words distinct in your head. 94 more words

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