by extramarks - Academics - February 8, 2017February 8, 2017 Quote ….. Unquote Ever wondered why do we say smelly feet and running nose, and not the other way round? A simple explanation to this question would be that English is a funny and confusing language, where a fat chance and a slim chance would have the same meaning. This can make English a challenging language to learn and understand, especially when it comes to quotations and phrases. One can be left confused with phrases like “pretty ugly” or “fully empty”. While pretty and ugly are opposites of each other, it is used together to mean rather ugly or very ugly. Imagine if you were having a conversation with a group of people and someone told you that, “Bob is your uncle”. How would you react? You’d probably just lose your cool and deny of any Mr. Bob being your uncle, unless you do actually have an uncle named Bob. The phrase “Bob is your uncle”, basically means “it’s as simple as that”, but it can leave you confused if you are not aware of its meaning. The English language is filled with such quotes and idioms that often do not make sense on their own. Let’s take a look at few of these. Under the weather This simply means to be ill or slightly tired. Try using this idiom in your sentence next time you catch a cold to let people know that you are unwell. However, avoid using it in cases where you have to refer to a serious or terminal illness. Dropping like flies Make sure to take timely medication if you feel you are under the weather. Small illnesses if unattended can sometimes aggravate and have people dropping like flies. This idiom means falling seriously ill or dying. Chew the fat Next time you hear someone say that they like to “chew the fat” with you, they just mean to say that they like to gossip or make small talks with you. It has nothing to do with food. To pig out Since we mentioned food, this one had to be included. To pig out means to eat a lot very quickly just like a pig. Head in the clouds If you are the kinds who always like to live in a world of fantasy, then this one is just for you. To have your head in the clouds means to be in a world of fantasy. Drink like a fish We are not sure if fishes drink a lot, but that is what this idiom means, to drink a lot. Got your heart in your mouth with all these idioms and phrases? Relax, because that’s all that we’ve got for you right now. Just remember to incorporate these in your spoken and written English and soon these idioms and phrases will be a piece of cake for you.