One of the joys of homeschooling (besides being blessed with spending so much time with my children) is that I am always learning new things! I tell my oldest daughter that I really enjoy being in 4th grade again *smile*.
The other day, we were working on Geography and learned a bit about Australia and China. We have really been having fun with some of the figures of speech that we came across. "You’re as flashy as a rat with a gold tooth" is our favorite (it refers to someone pleased with their appearance). We also learned about a "Chinese Junk"… it is a kind of boat (and here I though it was toys made with lead paint- lol).
As amusing as I find words and phrases from other counties, I am sure that some of the ones from America must equally amuse those from other countries. I have always wondered why we "drive on a parkway" but we "park in the driveway". Also, why does it "rain cats and dogs" and why does "the cat get your tongue"?
It is neat how we can say these things and not think anything of it, but those not as familiar with these figures of speech must be utterly perplexed. What are some of your favorites (and if you have one from another country, what is it and what does it mean)?