1: an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (such as up in the air for “undecided”) or in its grammatically atypical use of words (such as give way)
2a: the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class : DIALECTb: the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language
3: a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument
I choose this word today because I am still finding myself struggling to find a word each week and write about it, so I have decided to change horses midstream. Rather than write a word of the week I am going to share an idiom of the week. When they were in high school my daughters had a teacher who would write an idiom on the board each day and I believe they included that as part of the class discussion. All of the girls really enjoyed that part of class, so maybe we can have some fun with them too. 🙂
1. To choose a new leader during a period of upheaval or uncertainty.
2. To make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway.
and according to The Phrase Finder the idea of “Don’t change horses midstream” was used in an 1864 speech by Abraham Lincoln, in reply to Delegation from the National Union League who were urging him to be their presidential candidate. He cited ‘An old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”
Thanks for reading.
Do you use idioms often?
Can you think of an instance when you decided to “change horses midstream”? Please share in the comments section below.
I Plan on doing a farm update soon but since I have a busy day ahead I’ll just share some photo’s from this morning at the farm.
In the field to the east of us I spotted this momma deer with her young – TRIPLETS! It’s quite common for us to see momma’s with twins and we have seen triplets in the past but they are far less common.
The sky was just gorgeous as the sun came up this morning.
I was quite disappointed in Merriam Webster’s definition since it only said: the act of reminiscing (to find out more I would have to click on the word reminiscing) so I went to the Cambridge Dictionary where I found this definition for reminisce:
totalkor write about pastexperiencesthat yourememberwithpleasure.
This past week my husband had a box of Good & Plenty candies and offered me some. As he did we began talking about Choo Choo Charlie from the TV commercial that used to advertise Good & Plenty’s. Neither of us remembered the tune but my husband mentioned a girl in the commercial that I did not remember, so he went to his computer and was able to pull up the commercial.
After listening to the jingle a few time my husband sang it the rest of the evening. Since then at random times one of us will sing “Charlie says” to which the other replies melodically “Love my good & plenty’s”. Then we laugh. It’s just a fun little memory that can brighten our day.
Do you like Good & Plenty’s? Are there any TV commercials that bring back fond memories for you?
The clouds hung low and the air was thick with moisture when my husband went to open up the chicken coop this morning. It’s yet another day with rain in the forecast. Upon his return my husband announced, “we are all going to turn into mushrooms!” I quickly replied, “at least you will be a fun guy (fungi)”. We both had a good laugh and he had given me a great opening for this post which was already in the works. 🙂
Mushrooms are not something that I am knowledgeable about other than to know that identification can be tricky and many wild mushrooms are poisonous. Thus we never consume wild mushrooms. I do, however, find it fascinating how they suddenly appear in random places, their spores having been carried by the wind, then waiting until conditions are right for them to mature. It’s not unusual to see wild mushrooms pop up in around here but some of the mushrooms we have seen lately are unusual.
having or showing shrewdness and an ability to notice and understand things clearly : mentally sharp or clever
In my opinion astute is not a pleasant sounding word (sharp, clever or “on the ball” sound much better). However astuteness is an admirable attribute, so if someone referred to me as being astute I would certainly consider it a compliment.
Now the astute reader (of my blog) may have noticed that there is no “Word of the Week – Week # 26”. They may even want to call me out on it, to which I would applaud them for paying attention and thank then for being a loyal reader. I would also apologize though I have no excuse; I didn’t forget, I wasn’t too busy, I have not been ill and I am not on vacation. For some reason I just was not able to coordinate my mind with my body in order to produce that post.
Again I apologize and hopefully this post will get me back on track for the remainder of the year.