Lore du Jour ~ Painful expressions

Photo by John K ~ The point

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…

Ever notice that the English language is full of painful expressions and potentially injurious idioms? It’s a little troubling really, but also great fodder for a pun-ishing epic like the Lore!

Here’s a quick list right off the top of my head. I didn’t need to rack my brain or tear my hair out (ouch!):

  • Pick your brain
  • Prick up your ears
  • Pay through the nose
  • Get your nose out of joint
  • Keep your eyes peeled
  • Give your eye teeth
  • Bite your tongue
  • Be tongue-tied
  • Cat got your tongue
  • Eat crow (pairs well with a fine whine)
  • Eat your own words (especially in hardcover)
  • Put your foot in your mouth
  • Drown your sorrows
  • Jump down your throat
  • Have a frog in your throat
  • Stick your neck out
  • Be a pain in the neck
  • Weight on your shoulders
  • Monkey on your back
  • Stab you in the back
  • Bend over backwards
  • Twist your arm
  • Have butterflies in your stomach (if you’re ticklish)
  • Hit you in the gut
  • Tear at your heart
  • Break your heart
  • Break a leg
  • Shoot yourself in the foot
  • Be hoisted on your own petard
  • Run into a brick wall
  • Sit on pins and needles
  • Hit a raw nerve
  • Have ants in your pants
  • Or a bee in your bonnet

Get the point? I’m just scratching the surface.

My friends and I have long dreamed of publishing an illustrated coffee-table book. Maybe someday… But for now I’ll keep my nose to the grindstone writing the Lore.


[Photo: View of the Ottawa River and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

2 thoughts on “Lore du Jour ~ Painful expressions

  1. After falling down laughing at your quotes, I found myself wracking my brain to come up with some clever ones, too. However, after beating my brains out, I give up!

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