I'm looking for examples of colloquial weather terms like the "dog days" of summer, Indian summer, or blackberry winter. These are just examples, the terms don't have to be about weather like those. I'm just interested in learning more local/regional expressions like these, especially non-English ones if people know them. Thanks!
English also has "pins and needles" to describe the sensation. What is it called in other languages? The only things I was able to find on the web is that it is called "ant running" in Hindi and that in Italian it is called "feeling ants." I find this super interesting!
I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for all the places that claim to have the weather change every 5 minutes. [more inside]
In the vein of "squirrel away" or "ferret away" (and maybe even "badger"), I'm looking for a verb from the animal kingdom that means working hard at something, persistently and continually. It's come up a few times where I've wanted to say "Continue animaling away at the problem", but the particular beast I'm looking for eludes me. Help?
Is "tee-tee" for urination a regional or ethnic thing? [more inside]
What are some non-religious words or phrases for expressing good wishes/thoughts for the future, besides "hopefully?" [more inside]
Where did the phrase "Coffee, tea or me? -- Coffee please" came from?
Need some good "what if...?" sayings! [more inside]
I'd like to know who or whom first coined the term "red, white and blue" and if there was a purposeful differentiation from "blue, red and white" or any other combination thereof other than linguistic value. [more inside]
Looking for a book / website to teach regular expressions via problems. [more inside]
Calling non-English speakers: what are the equivalent phrases in other languages for "catching someone's eye" or "making eye contact"? [more inside]
I need a lot of funny old-fashioned British expressions to throw into conversations with my British friend. [more inside]
What are your favorite non-english words or expressions that do not have a close English equivalent? I am looking for different ways to look at the world.....from around the world.
Is there an opposite expression for "the ills of society"? [more inside]
I'm looking for the source of something my Dad - born in 1924 in North Carolina and in the Army stationed in France in WWII - says. Usually around meal times, when someone asks what we're having for dinner he'll recite "Ham, ram, lamb, beef, bull, buzzard or buffalo?" (Unfortunately he doesn't remember where he got this from.) Anybody ever heard this expression before?
By the beard of Zeus! I'm looking for fantastic exclamations! [more inside]
Is it "writing on the wall" or "handwriting on the wall"? When / how did it change in popular usage? [more inside]
Performers, presenters, actors, dancers, models, all related: How do you get over awkward facial expressions and not look stupid? [more inside]
I've just discovered the world of microexpression. I'd like to learn more, what books, research papers, blogs (and anything else) should I be looking at?
What are some eloquent ways to proclaim that someone is crazy? This is for good tidings for some good friends getting married. [more inside]
When did "thoughts and prayers" become such a commonplace expression of sympathy? [more inside]
What would a good Indian expression of suprise be? Specifically a pleasant suprise, such as the realisation that one is going to make a large amount of money, possibly from someone who is none too reputable. The Hindi (or other language) version and a literal translation would be most useful.
"Most all" - it is wrong. Right? [more inside]
What is your favorite and most colorful expression or phrase? Speaking about two idiots that we work with, my coworker said that they looked like 'Two monkey's f*cking a football', which led me to say 'They couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery', and as a final touch, which made me laugh, my coworker states 'They're about as handy as a bear cub with a toothpick'. I would love to write a book or create a website with colorful phrases from around the world. What are some of your favorite idioms that you use or have overhead in the boardroom, bar, or barnyard?
Regex Madness...filter. How do I pull the text out of an html document without looking at the tag attributes? [more inside]
IdiomaticFilter...: [more inside]
Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
Anyone know of any good tutorials on expressions in Adobe After Effects?
It seems that when we Westerners call an event a "kabuki dance," we mean that the event is elaborate but ultimately without substance. Examples: 1, 2. When did this usage arise, and is this unfair to the kabuki art form?
Language/idioms/etc: I'm wondering about the source of the expression "give it the old college try". Google offers tons of examples, but nothing concrete.
Regular Expressions: Is there a standard? [more] [more inside]