Skip to main content

Popular Idioms and Usages Part I

After introducing you to my idioms and usages series, here is the eighth in the series. Please also visit other items in this popular idioms series, and voice your comments.

  1. If I had my druthers: If I could choose what I could do.
  2. I will go to the foot of our stairs: Expression of surprise.
  3. In a quandary: Not knowing which to choose.
  4. In like Flynn: Someone got it made, originated from Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.
  5. In someone’s bad books: To be in disgrace.
  6. In stitches: Laughing outrageously.
  7. In the bag: Well secured.
  8. In the buff: Naked.
  9. In the cart: In trouble.
  10. In the catbird seat: In the control of a situation.
  11. In the club: Pregnant. (or “in the pudding club”)
  12. In the limelight: At the center of attention.
  13. In the offing: Likely to happen in some time.
  14. In the red: In debt or need for money.
  15. In the pink: In good health.
  16. In your face: In a bold aggressive manner.
  17. Indian giver: One who gives a gift only to take it back later (I am an Indian myself, but I don’t take gifts back. This should be a deranged man’s guess).
  18. Iron hoof: Poof (homosexual). A Cockney Rhyming slang.
  19. Is the Pope Catholic/Polish: Ironic way to express something is true beyond any shadow of doubt.
  20. It came like a bolt from the blue: Came as a surprise.
  21. It never rains but pours: Said to mean that the problems come massively when they do.
  22. Ivory Tower: A state of separation from real-life problems.

I would much appreciate your comments on the work done on this new blog of mine, dedicated to the News Stories. As another feat, my blog has been elected as one of the ten participants in the Bloghology Competition, 2008 here.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008


  1. Hi Lenin,

    It is my pleasure to host you in May 2008 Bloghology. I really liked your blog because it will add significant value to other bloggers, and it is promising.

    Let me correct one issue. Bloghology is not a competition, yet it is an open platform for all bloggers, completely open for all bloggers. Interested bloggers can sign up at

    Wish you all the best!
    Mert Erkal

  2. Hi Lenin,

    I was searching on the for some link exchanges, and I got your this site for free backlink.

    How do we confirm that successful backlink has been established?



Post a Comment

Comments are moderated very strictly

Popular posts from this blog

En Dash, Em Dash, and Hyphen

We have three types of dashes in use: The hyphen, En Dash, and the Em Dash. In this post, we will see how to use them all correctly. Hyphen (-) The hyphen is the minus key in Windows-based keyboards. This is a widely used punctuation mark. Hyphen should not be mistaken for a dash . Dash is different and has different function than a hyphen. A hyphen is used to separate the words in a compound adjective, verb, or adverb. For instance: The T-rex has a movement-based vision. My blog is blogger-powered. John’s idea was pooh-poohed. The hyphen can be used generally for all kinds of wordbreaks . En Dash (–) En Dash gets its name from its length. It is one ‘N’ long (En is a typographical unit that is almost as wide as 'N'). En Dash is used to express a range of values or a distance: People of age 55–80 are more prone to hypertension. Delhi–Sidney flight was late by three hours. In MS Word, you can put an En Dash either from the menu, clicking Insert->Symbol or by the k

4 Effective Ways to Write About a Boring Topic

  With the plethora of interesting topics to write about, you’re fortunate enough to get the “boring” one. While it can be a pain for many writers to wind up with such a task, I’m telling you now there are ways to make yours more interesting than it is. So if you find yourself stuck with the dreariest topic to fill in a blog about, don’t fret. Here are the four best ways to unburden yourself. 1. Never a boring topic, only a boring writer. Here’s the hard fact: It’s never about the topic being boring. It’s about the writer making it boring. For instance, you’re supposed to write about aquariums. I know, how can you continuously make this topic interesting, right? Well, you’d be surprised just in how many ways you can make it an enticing read. Start by listing down the basic “what”, “where”, “when” and “how” surrounding the topic. You can ask (and research) about “What material was first used to make aquariums?” or even “How the first aquarium was built?” or “What are

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Writing

As writers, we’re always pushing the envelope to express ourselves better than we did before. However there are times when we plateau, when our writing just doesn’t feel natural. Worse yet, there are times when we can’t get a good paragraph out. Those are times when we start thinking about pushing ourselves and our writing. When you need to tweak and boost your writing up a notch, it’s always good to try something constructive.  For those who could use a couple of tips, here are a few that are sure to help improve your writing and keep it from going stale. 1.Imitate Different Authors If you read other writers for inspiration, why not actively imitate their writing? Once you walk in another writer’s shoes for a bit, writing as they write, you get an idea on how to approach writing about things in ways you normally wouldn’t.  Moreover, it will force you to pay attention to what makes someone else’s writing style unique which, in turn, will help you find ways to make your