It never rains, it pours

Of all the strange idioms we have in the English language, this one is definitely at the very strange end of the spectrum. For those not native speakers, or just not familiar with the term, it really means when something bad happens, it’s not just bad, it’s really, really bad! In some ways it is […]

New tricks for old dog….

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks is a well used idiom in the English language. I am not sure if it exists in other languages but it probably translates quite well as compared with more confusing expressions such as ‘this is the exception that proves the rule’ , or even more confusingly ‘pardon […]

That takes the biscuit….

I work for a German company and spend a lot of time conversing with German colleagues whose English is one thousand times better than my German! In fact they are so fluent I sometimes forget it is not their native tongue…until I use some idiom that gets me puzzled looks. I used the phrase ‘that […]