Jenny Shain, Artist who Creates Only from Her Heart

COOTIES! & Other THINGS That Are DIFFICULT To EXPLAIN To FOREIGNERS

“Quittin’ Cold Turkey.”

Deodorant… It’s not just for your wedding day!

“Have your cake & eat it too.”

Yo mama jokes.

The “Nose Bleed section”

Baberaham Lincoln

♥ Dixieland ♥

Hankie Pankie

Hot to trot!

Bet your bottom dollar!

Laid off

Playin it by ear

Making whoopee

Roll in the hay

Turn your nose up at that.

Badgered to death

“Be afraid, be very afraid”

“She’s a Basket Case”

“Going to hell in a hand-basket”

“Batten down the hatches!”

Bed of roses

The bee’s knees!

Knocked up

“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

Bee in your bonnet

I got a Hankerin’ 

Between a rock and a hard place.

By the skin of your teeth!

“Blonde bombshell”, I mean should we really be talking about those types of things???

Bought the Farm. Pushin’ Up Daisies.

“Brand spankin’ new”…. Where did SPANKIN come into the picture?

Burning the midnight oil

Bury the hatchet

Bury your head in the sand

Caught red handed!

A Big Wig

The Big Easy

Call a spade a spade.

Big fish in a small pond.

The Big apple

Break a leg!

Brownie points

“Booby traps”…. Did someone say boobies?

“Don’t put the cart before the horse.”

Channel surfing

Charlie horse

He’s got a “chip on his shoulder”

Chip off the old block!

Close, but no cigar!

Get on the bandwagon.

We’ve got to burn rubber!

Close quarters.

Cold feet.

“COOTIES!!!!!!!!!!!” Personally, I still don’t get that one. I mean , How can you REALLY know FOR SURE that someone HAS Cooties??? Isn’t that a harsh accusation to make about someone? I mean, let’s don’t jump to conclusions people.

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3 responses

  1. Charlotte

    The first time I traveled out the country on my own, I used the word cooties in a conversation and then quickly found myself trying to explain it–and quickly realized that’s is pretty much unexplainable. HA!! What I came up with back then (who knows if the person really got me or just pretended he did) was that little girls think that little boys have cooties (well, as a little girl I never had such ideas–I can’t remember not being somewhat mesmorized by the opposite sex:) ). Anyway, I have never used the word cooties since then when talking with someone who was not American~

    May 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

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