Headlines and More (Idioms):
Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, CBC's Most Wanted Words
Boobyqueue. This is the line in a store which is the slowest
moving. If you choose it, you have chosen the boobyqueue. (CBC,
Most Wanted Words; word invented November, 1999) We
already have an idiom called booby prize. This is a prize, which no
one wants to win. It is a kind of a joke prize.
When you sleep at night and the sheets make some lines on your face,
these can be called shrinkles. This word was
made from sheets and wrinkles. The winner of the CBC
contest was sheetfaced. (Word invented November, 1999)
My son is having trouble with Algebra, so, in the short run I
will try to help him. In the long run I will
get him a tutor. (run refers to an amount of time)
We have developed a smart bomb drug to cure the disease. This
drug targets a small area, such as a cancer, and
doesnt harm anything else.
It is the Millennium soon, so it is time to load up on extra
food and water for your house.
The local elections are where we can be involved in the grassroots politics. This is the base, the common people,
the common problems that we all share.
Gesundhalt is when you start to sneeze but then you dont. Gezundnotquite
is another word for the same thing. Adenoidance
was the winner of the contest for this condition.
The winner used the words adenoid and avoidance to make
the new word. (Words invented November, 1999)
In the holiday season, we should dig deep to find some extra
money to share with people who are poorer than
ourselves. To dig deep is to try hard to do
something you want to do.
He has a deep down feeling of happiness in the holiday season.
The police stopped the speeder and said to him, You are in deep
That film was deep. It had some important and difficult message
My friend likes to split hairs over everything. He makes us all
crazy because he is picky about every little detail
of every little thing.
We must grade the trade. This is using rhyming words. The two
words, grade and trade, rhyme.
A sticky problem is a difficult problem.
He has a small mind my friend; he thinks he knows a culture if
he meets one person from that culture. A synonym for
a small mind is a narrow mind.
He is a bit of a red neck, which can include racist kinds of
This kind of person could be called a know it all.
A show off is someone who likes to be the number one and have
everyone watch him. He has a trophy bride
means he is a rich man married to a much younger, beautiful woman.