I had a lesson with SF today and she started telling me about an expression she had learned the previous day. She told me that Heather, one of the senior trainers, had used it in class .
‘ She is one sandwich short of a picnic’.
First, let me tell you about the game.
Heather and I have this long-standing game in progress. She is British and I am Canadian. We have very different colloquial expressions. Whenever we can, we try to teach each other expressions by communicating them to learners who serve as messenger pigeons. It kills two birds with one stone. The learner and the other trainer learn something new.
This learning activity has also become part of this blog so it now extends to you too!
Right! Let’s get back to the expression.
English: A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with Skippy peanut butter and Welch’s grape jelly on white bread. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It means that a person is lacking intelligence or may be a little crazy.
I like her but she is one sandwich short of a picnic.
What is wrong with that guy? Is he one sandwich short of a picnic?
Jerry is not playing with a full deck [of cards]
Maria is out to lunch.
The lights are on, but nobody’s home
That department has a few screws loose.
That young man is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
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Here is a video clip from Homeland. Carrie has been admitted to a psyche-ward because of her Bipolarity. Saul can’t understand her because she is not making any sense. She wants to get back to work but she isn’t ready to leave the hospital. Let’s look at some of the expressions they use in this clip. They might come in handy (i.e be useful) if ever you are faced with a person that seems disorientated or too excited about something.
I don’t need to settle down. (i.e. I don’t need to calm down)
You are not yourself. (i.e. you are acting differently )
I can’t follow you. (i.e. I don’t understand your train of thoughts)
Your thoughts are running together. (i.e. your ideas are confused)
Homeland – Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre – March 21, 2012 (Photo credit: starbright31)
My son, Giako, got a Snoopy t-shirt at Christmas that reads “Don’t Bug the Beagle!” . Let’s examine the word ‘bug’ together. It’s got lots of useful expressions.
What does bug mean? It refers to a small insect such as a beetle, a cinch, or a mosquito. We can also use it when talking about a small microphone that allows investigators to monitor what people are saying.
When used as a verb, it takes on several meanings. Here are a few:
Would you stop bugging me? I’ll do my homework soon. (i.e. irritate, bother)
Bug off! I don’t want to talk to you. (i.e. go away)
She was bugging out when she found out she lost her job. (i.e. to go crazy)
When my kids were little, I’d put them to bed and wrap them up tightly in their blankets. This way they would be warm and comfortable. I’d say: ”You are as snug as a bug in a rug.”
‘To catch a bug” means to contract something or to get into the habit of doing something. Here are a few examples:
I caught the flu bug. I have fever today. (i.e. catch germs)
I caught the internet bug. (i.e. I use the internet a lot)
I think I am catching the gambling bug (i.e. I am starting to like gambling)
Snoopy as “the World War I flying ace”, flying his Sopwith Camel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fluency Builder: discuss the following with your teacher or chat buddy.
Can you name 4 creepy bugs?
Do you watch a tv show that tells the story of an investigator?
What really bugs you ?
When was the last time you bugged out?
When you catch the flu bug, what are the symptoms?
I was subbing for one of our trainers today who is on her honeymoon. My learner, Ms A, was telling me that she plays tennis and beach tennis on a regular basis. I told her that I hadn’t played tennis in ages and this is why the expression “I’m a little rusty!” came up.
Rusty is an adjective that is related to rust (i.e. corrosion). ‘I’m rusty’ means that I am out of practice.
Here is the expression in context:
I studied Spanish at University but I don’t use it very much nowadays. I am very rusty.
I hadn’t been skating in ages. When I got on the ice rink, I fell a few times. I was a little rusty.
I used to work with excel a lot in my past job. I tried to program a spreadsheet today and I couldn’t remember how to do it. I guess I’m a bit rusty.
Rusty fence/railing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following questions with your teacher or a chat buddy.
What foreign language do you speak?
Do you ever feel rusty when you don’t have exposure to that language?
What tricks can you use to keep your language skills from getting rusty?
What language would you like to learn if you had time?
p.s. Great lesson with Ms A today! I’ve been teaching much more in the past few months. I’ve missed it!
With Easter being just around the corner, I planned this blog post in honor of this joyous spring feast. I remember wearing my crochet white knee-high socks, floral-printed dress and shiny ballerinas on Easter Sunday. No matter how cold it was in Montreal that spring, this was my outfit.
Reason for Reading:
I found a very interesting article on EASTER in Italy. I thought it would be cool for Italians to learn how to explain their traditions in English & non-Italians could discover what Easter in Italy was like. Here is the article: Pasqua: Easter Lunch In Italy
Here are my top 5 favorite Traditional Easter Flowers. Click on the link and see what they look like. This activity can easily inspire your Easter bouquet.
Lorenzo didn’t want to pick on Harry but his friends egged him on. (i.e. to encourage or dare someone to do something that may be unwise or dangerous.)
The investor regretted putting all his eggs in one basket. (i.e. Do not risk everything by placing too many hopes on one thing)
My boss is really nervous in this period. When we work together, I feel like I’m walking on egg shells.(i.e. to do something cautiously, try hard not to upset someone)
Jane didn’t come home last night. Her dad stayed up waiting for her. He’s hopping mad. (i.e. to be really angry)
Jerry’s parents started saving up for his college tuition long ago. This nest egg is waiting for him.(i.e. an amount of money that is saved over a usually long period of time to pay for something in the future)
I hopped on the bandwagon this spring and switched to a smart phone. (i.e. To become involved in an activity that has gained popularity recently)
Are you a coffee drinker? I am a tea lover myself but I have a latte on Saturday mornings while catching up on my favorite bloggers on the net. I’ve made a list of expressions that could be useful when taking a break at the coffee machines. It’s always nice to have something to talk about with visitors at work that has nothing to do with business, right?