Barbara Burke

It’s HOT!

September 5, 2023 | 9 Comments

Interesting that the word “hot” has many positive meanings: “trendy,” as in the latest, greatest fashion or places to go; positive personal looks, as in “you look hot;” and being passionate, enthusiastic, or eager, as in being hot to do something. It also has a negative connotation to mean that someone is upset or angry…

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Aminal Expressions – Part III

July 4, 2023 | 4 Comments

More animal expressions?? YES! You all keep sending more animal expressions (thank you to Teresa and Billy B), plus I keep seeing more, so . . . Part III 😊 I understand the “when pigs fly” (not going to happen, yes?) or when something “bugs” me (annoying, like those Florida mosquitoes), but here are some…

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Animal Expressions – Part II – Opening a Can of Worms!

June 13, 2023 | 3 Comments

Apparently, there are a LOT of expressions using animals, considering all of the comments to my May post! Here are more, plus answers to some of the previous ‘what does that mean’ animal expressions – monkey wrench, the “kitty,” and “don’t let the cat out of the bag.” Read on for (Internet) explanations! Monkey wrench…

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Animal Expressions

May 2, 2023 | 22 Comments

Thanks to my friend, Cindi, for reminding me of the expression, “monkeying around,” after reading the April post about Easter rabbits. So, I decided that this month would be perfect for looking at more animal expressions. I have collected a few over the years, many of which I have no idea why they exist. 😕…

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Easter Bunny

April 4, 2023 | 7 Comments

Did you know that 2023 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit? If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011, you were born during the Year of the Rabbit.  If you want to know more about your “rabbit” personality, one website describes a legend when the Jade Emperor challenged all of the…

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“Good” Luck

February 28, 2023 | 5 Comments

Or “buena suerte,” as some of my friends would say. The most commonly celebrated holiday in March is St. Patrick’s Day, often represented by something lucky – the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the leprechaun who brings luck, etc. Which made me think about the word, “luck.” Some Internet research shows…

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January 31, 2023 | 7 Comments

Candy, also called sweets (British English) or lollies (Australian English, New Zealand English) Is February (Valentine’s Day) the month for candy? Or is it October (Halloween)? Or is every month, the month for candy? 😏 One chart I reviewed showed that just before Halloween was the busiest week for candy sales, followed by just before Christmas. The week before Valentine’s…

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Laughs for the New Year – 2023

January 3, 2023 | 5 Comments

We all had so much fun chuckling at “oops – wrong word” online communications last year that I thought I’d keep going with some more examples to start off this year. YAY! ANOTHER CONTEST! 😄 Here are the contestants: HAHA! Happy 2023!!

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“Fingers Crossed”

December 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ever been that child who has fingers crossed, hoping that Santa will bring the wished-for gift? I have used this gesture more in 2022 than I ever remember – hoping a student will pass her citizenship test, hoping my plane flight will not be canceled . . . Hoping a LOT of things. The gesture…

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Expressions Using “And”

November 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

I think of November as the Thanksgiving month when people get together, so I thought it would be fitting to publish this post about expressions with two words that are joined by “and.” Some of these words are opposites and some of the words have similar meanings. Here are the ones I thought about. Let…

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