Ten Wicked Idioms That I Love

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About Carl Pettit

Carl Pettit is a writer, illustrator and musician whose education and travels have taken him all over the world. When not out exploring, or pondering the universe, he finds time to produce fiction for both adults and children. You can catch up with him on his blog, or twitter.


  1. Thanks a lot for the post! English is not my native language so it was a double pleasure for me to read this/

  2. paul kidwell says:

    My wife is native Chinese and speaks English as her second language. She learned English very literally and without the appropriate introduction to slang and idioms. I remember when we were dating and I was trying to make a point of the multitude of people working in Boston who were graduates from my alma mater, Boston University. And when I told her that “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a BU grad in this town” the obvious questions of why, where, and how ensued.

  3. @Paul interesting, in my lexicon it is “Not enough room to swing a cat” referring to cramped quarters and the whip.
    And as long as we’re discussing pussy- “as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers”

    @Carl- I have always understood the kiss of death to mean the kiss goodbye one gives a loved one at the wake, properly on the lips… Now some say it is an act of goodbye and others claim it is the last chance to check if that SOB’s lips are warm and is he still breathing..


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