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5 Ancient Chinese Idioms With Modern Cachet

Posted 03.12.2015 | World

By MICHELLE TANG, OZY What do you think when you think of China? A repressive government, human rights abuse, corruption scandals, terrible polluti...

Why Are We 'As American As Apple Pie'?

Menuism | Posted 01.26.2015 | Taste
Menuism

So, apple pie as the quintessential American product may be an apt metaphor after all -- it was brought here from foreign shores, was influenced by other cultures and immigration patterns, and spread throughout the world by global affairs.

Best in Show! What's Your Favorite Dog or Cat Saying?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

As a parent and dog trainer I'm programmed to look at life from another's perspective, and this time my impulses took a refreshing turn. With idiom dictionaries in hand, I scrolled through and took a look at the origin and meanings of idioms that evolved from our relationship with dogs and cats. It's been a delightful romp!

WATCH: Fascinating Origins Of 42 Popular Idioms

Posted 10.02.2013 | Books

If idioms are your cup of tea, then you're going to have a field day with this delightful YouTube video in which the origins of more than 40 popular s...

A Partial List of Sadistic Cat Idioms

Carl Pettit | Posted 11.09.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

If your particular cat crosses the line, and drops a few unwanted biological nuggets into your milk and cereal, or licks one of your eyeballs while you're half asleep, you might want to remind your kitty that it wasn't always an Internet star.

Hidden Secrets Behind Food Clichés

Posted 10.01.2013 | Taste

Do you know why we say "bring home the bacon?"

Taking Things With A Grain Of Salt And Other Food Clichés

Menuism | Posted 11.13.2012 | Taste
Menuism

Even when we're not talking about food, we're often talking about food. Food is so engrained in our everyday vernacular that we barely notice it. But where do these food clichés and food-related idioms come from?

Is Your Computer Out of 'Whack'?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

After spending nearly half an hour using my computer to learn more about whack, I contacted several professional acquaintances, asking them where I should go to the find the definition of "whack." Every one of them said: "Look it up on the Internet."

Kids Fill In The Blanks ... With Hilarious Results

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Ever have to stifle laughter around your kid because you know you shouldn't be cracking up over something they've done but it's beyond funny?

Business Phrases That Need To Go

Posted 04.21.2014 | Comedy

It's ok, this is a safe place, you guys. We can all admit here, without fear of admonishment that we've used a few -- perhaps even all -- of these ph...

WATCH: Are You A Party Pooper?

Posted 01.08.2012 | Comedy

Over the past few weeks, German vlogger Flula Borg has more than entertained us by explaining the American idioms that confuse him as he learns Englis...

WATCH: Once Upon A Time There Was A Stupid Little Girl...

Posted 12.27.2011 | Comedy

Flula Borg has made it clear that he doesn't get English idioms like "shooting fish in a barrel," and "the proof is in the pudding." But now he's take...

WATCH: Shooting Fish In The Barrel?

Posted 12.06.2011 | Comedy

Vlogger Flula Borg went viral earlier this month when he aired his confusion about the name Daddy Longlegs on YouTube, but his understanding of Americ...

English Language Tart and Fettered

John Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Vorhaus

My grandfather grew up in one of those quaint European countries that don't exactly exist anymore, and while he never quite mastered the English langu...

"Leftover Christmas Cake" and Other Anti-feminist Expressions

Amanda ReCupido | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amanda ReCupido

Germans must feel they'll never see the light of day again once the wedding band is on -- they refer to it as being "under a bonnet." And a submissive wife? A "cricket on the stove".