Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Unit 9: "Egg" in Common English Idioms - Video - Part 1

Unit 9: "Egg" in Common English Idioms - Video - Part 1
I thought I'd be a good egg and make a video about food idioms. Then I realised I'd have egg on my face if

i tried to put all my eggs in one basket. If I tried to put all the food idioms in English in one video, I would

simply over-egg the pudding. You see, if this video is popular, it could be a nice little nest egg for my future.

So, I had to be a bit of a bad egg and leave out any idiom that was not about eggs. Still, you can't make an

omelette without breaking eggs! Any of your favourite idioms not here will be in a future video. Now look!

I've got myself walking on eggshells. I have to tell you that you can't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

So, no matter how much you egg me on, only egg idioms are getting into this cracking video. As sure as

eggs is eggs, you are bound to have missed one or two. Okay, there are actually a baker's dozen-13.
Here they are in order of appearance:
- a good egg
- having egg on your face
- over-egg the pudding
- nest egg
- bad egg
- make an omelette without breaking eggs.
- walking on eggshells.
- you can't teach your grandmother to suck eggs
- egg someone on
- a curate's egg
- a rotten egg
- kill the goose that lays the golden egg
- as sure as eggs is eggs
- you can guess the meaning from the context in some cases.
1. good egg
- a good and dependable person.
- He seems like a good egg. I'll take a chance on him.
- But I'll be a good egg and tell you what they  all mean in detail. You can see examples in the box at top.
Ex: - A good egg, a bad egg and a rotten egg refer to  people and then mening is clear.

2. -egg on your face
to be embarrassed by something one has done. (As if one went out in public with a dirty face.) I was completely wrong, and now I have egg on my face. She's really got egg on her face!
-  If you're embarrassed, you have egg on your face.
- Ex: - Who stole my clothers and left me with egg on my face?
- If you 're embarrassed, you have egg on your face.
3. - over-egg the pudding
- To spoil something by trying too hard to improve it.
-  As a director, I think he has a tendency to over-egg the pudding, with a few too many gorgeous shots of the countryside.
- To try to put too much  in to something and spoil it is to over-egg the pudding.
- Ex: - I think you 've over-egg the pudding there, Chef!
4. nest egg
- A nest egg is some funds put away for the future.
- EX: - Gold coins make a guaranteed nest egg for your retirement.
5. make an omelette without breaking eggs
- You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs  means that something  you have  to break something

to  get something more worth while.
Ex: - We have tofire some executives if the company wants to vuvive. You can't make an omelette without

breaking eggs, but haven't the heart to tell him he's one of the egg we're going to have to break.

6 - walking on eggshells
If you are trying to be verydiplomatic, you are walking on eggshells.
- Having a teenage daughter around means you're always walking on eggshells. One wrong word and she's

off in a mood!.
7+ to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
- If you want totell someone to do something when thay know better than you how to do it, you are trying to

teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
Ex: - I' m not trying to teach your grandmother to suck eggs! I just want you tolook at new ways of doing

things.
8- To egg someone on
To egg someone on means to encourage them to do something unwise.
- Ex; Don't egg him on! He'll jump!
9 +  curate's egg
>>> A curate's egg is something that has a mix of good and bad  points. It comes from this cartoon

pudlished in Punch in 1895.
- Ex:- Right Reverend Host: " I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr. Jones!"
The curate: "Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!" " True Humility" by Geaorge du Maurier.
- The book some thing of  a curate's egg . It's boring, but it has some wonderful photos.
10 + kill the goose that lays the godden egg
When you  kill the goose that lays the godden egg you destroy that which is profitable to you.
- Ex: - How stupid do you have tobe to shoot the  goose that lays the godden egg ?
11+ As sure as egg is eggs.
- When something is absolutely certain, The British say,  as sure as egg is eggs.

12 .Egghead
- Here's one I am almost forgot aboout. If youlearn all of these idioms, people will think you are an Egghead!
- Ex: - An egghead is a very intelligent a person. Jusk like you, in fact.
- If you really are an egghead, youwill know that there ware relly 14 egg idioms at start of the video not 13.

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