Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Take it with a grain of salt.

If you 'take something with a grain of salt,' it means that you consider the source while deciding if something is true or not.

-Sara didn't like the movie.  She said it was awful.
-yeah, but you have to take everything she says with a grain of salt.  She doesn't like most movies.

-The newspaper said the economy is sinking.
-It could be true, but you have to take it with a grain of salt.  That newspaper isn't very reliable.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hit the hay

To 'hit the hay' means to go to bed.  It recalls a simpler time when people may have slept in a barn.

-Okay, kids!  Time to hit the hay!
-Aw!  5 more minutes?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Holy shit!

'Holy shit' is a strong exclamation used to express extreme surprise.

(Upon receiving $1000 as a gift)
-Holy shit!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cut to the chase

If you 'cut to the chase,' it means that you just come out and tell someone something, after (possibly) previously stalling.

-They've been hemming and hawing all week. I wish they'd just cut to the chase and tell me.
-They should, you're right!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


If you are 'floored' by something, it means you are shocked and can't believe what you're hearing.

-I can't believe you didn't get the job! I'm just floored!
-Yeah, me, neither. I'm still in shock.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Full of shit

Someone who is 'full of shit,' is someone who is completely lying. Since 'shit' is a bad word, obviously this should only be said around people with whom you have a close relationship.

-I can't believe she actually said that! She's so full of shit!

Hemming and hawing

If someone is 'hemming and hawing,' it means they're stalling on making a (perhaps big) decision.

-I wish he'd just make up his mind!
-All this hemming and hawing is getting old.