Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:49 am

Calling all competitors! Idioms and Their Origins BINGO is ready to play! Prize will be a US$15.00 (or equivalent) gift certificate to your favourite on line store. Winner will host the next BINGO! Play will begin soon after we have a minimum of 4 participants, hopefully by October 24th. PM me you choice of ten from the 30 listed below. Then get ready for some friendly banter and fun across borders, oceans and continents.

FYI - An idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that has a figurative meaning quite different from the literal meanings of each word on its own. Most are derived from historical events and legends; some have come to us through literature, religion and advertising. At times the connection to their history is easily grasped. Some, however, have become so commonplace, that we have lost touch with their roots. In this IDIOMS BINGO we will look at some of the more common phrases many of us have grown up with and make our way back to their origins to discover whether or not they continue to be used as they were in the past.

Break a leg! to one and all.

1 A dish fit for the gods
2 A la mode
3 A New York minute
4 All tarred with the same brush
5 Bite off more than you can chew
6 Bite the bullet
7 Blood is thicker than water
8 Butter someone up
9 By hook or by crook
10 Cat got your tongue?
11 Close, but no cigar
12 Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey
13 Dead as a door nail
14 Don't count your chickens before they hatch
15 Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
16 Eat humble pie
17 Flavour of the month
18 Go the whole nine yards
19 Heard it through the grapevine
20 Mind your p's and q's
21 More bang for your buck
22 Pass the buck
23 Saved by the bell
24 Spill the beans
25 Spin doctor
26 Straight from the horse's mouth
27 To ring true
28 Turn a blind eye
29 Wear your heart on your sleeve
30 White elephant


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Debby (fccs)
Carole (rcperryls)
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by rcperryls » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:51 pm

I'm in. Will be sending you my picks in the next few days. Have to think about this one!

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by fccs » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:26 pm

I just PM'd you my numbers. I hope you get a lot of players - this sounds like a fun one.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:35 pm

Got your numbers, Debby. Thanks for participating!
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:13 pm

So, this is what the game will play like:

You probably noted that when I introduced the game I ended with "break a leg!" to all. Break a leg! is what is said to actors for 'good luck' before they go on stage, especially on an opening night. One story goes that actors are a superstitious bunch and believe that being wished 'good luck' would have the opposite effect, that of bad luck. Another possible explanation is that the side stage curtains are known as legs; if a performance went particularly well, the actor would be called out for an encore or curtain call, therefore breaking a 'leg' (to pass through or break open the curtains). My granddaughter, age 11, knows this phrase and understood it as a call for good luck.

I would hope that anyone who had something to add would do so. Our lives and experiences are all so different and it would be great to know what others could add to the understanding - even the misunderstanding - of the phrases we will take a look at. I certainly won't have all the answers. So come on - join the fun. Don't just check out the posts each day, pick your phrases, pm me the numbers, and participate to learn, enjoy and perhaps even win the gift certificate to go shopping at your favourite on line store.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by rcperryls » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:48 pm

I think it sounds like fun. My picks pm'd a few minutes ago. There was a show on either History or Discovery or one of those networks a few years ago which focused on different expressions and their origins, whether from specific ethnic groups or trade groups or historical events. It was fascinating! I am looking forward to these Bingo very much.

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:37 pm

Nice to have you in the game Carole!
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:36 pm

OK, for some reason there is not a lot of interest at the moment. Let's take a break and see what happens in a few weeks. I will host either this Bingo or perhaps just go with the older version of 30 words and bring the game back to something a little simpler, a little less intimidating. Please look to hear from me again the week of November 13th.

Thanks.

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by fccs » Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:20 am

I wish I knew the reason for the lack of participation - but maybe more people will be interested in November.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by rcperryls » Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:30 pm

fccs wrote:I wish I knew the reason for the lack of participation - but maybe more people will be interested in November.


I have no idea why this has happened either. I am sure it has nothing to do with the topics. We'll see what November is like and if turnout is still poor see if asking the members will provide the answer.

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:11 am

I think I will post a bit of a questionnaire/survey here and in general and see if we can get some insight into the lack of more interest...time permitting, that is.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:40 am

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to recover before playing our new game...your kindness is very much appreciated!

Well, the holidays are over and the kids are back to school, so it's time to play BINGO! You may choose to keep or change your 10 numbers if you pm'd me previously; just let me know so that I can post who is still in the game. I would like to reveal the first two numbers sometime next week and will consider us ready to play once we have 4 or more players. Don't delay! Make a New Year's resolution to play more BINGO and make good on that plan by letting me know your 10 picks as soon as possible.

Will be in touch again soon.

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Serinde » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:45 am

I'm in, too! What fun! :king: Have pm'd you.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by rcperryls » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:26 pm

:whoop: Just sent my picks and looking forward to this.

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O Kitten Tree
Dancing with the Cat
Giraffe Silhouette
Leffet Papillon
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HAED Shiver Meow Timbers
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:51 am

Wonderful to have Serinde and Carole in the game! Best of luck to both of you. They are in need of a little more competition. Who else is up for the challenge?
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:27 pm

And so this Competition section continues to struggle with forum participation, even though there have been plenty of views both here and in the General section. What to do? I have a few thoughts:

1. Give it a rest for a longer period of time
2. Return to the simpler BINGO of just 30 words, no explanations required (willing to change this to something simpler)
3. Play a different game

Any thoughts from others?

I will give one more week for sign ups. Then a decision will have to be made. Unless, of course, I am inundated with pms from members wanting to play!

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:40 am

Linda Rose wrote:Wonderful to have Serinde and Carole in the game! Best of luck to both of you. They are in need of a little more competition. Who else is up for the challenge?


Tyledres has answered the call and joined our game. One more and we are set to play. Who will rise to the occasion and join the group?
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by fccs » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:53 pm

Hmm...somehow I missed the post from last week, but I did receive you PM and yes, I am in. Come on peeps - let's get more players.
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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by Linda Rose » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:21 pm

Delighted to see that Debby has joined the competition. She has given us the required 4 players to commence play. I will give a few more days in the hopes that we might add a person or two to the game. First picks will go up Wednesday, January 25th without fail. You have until then to pm me with your favorites should you want play.

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Re: Idioms And Their Origins BINGO

by kevona » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:19 pm

Can I join in. I'm new here but this sounds fun

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