I love puns and idioms, they are just the best way to spice up a conversation. They make you think and sometimes laugh.
Fun Animal Idioms
There are a lot of animal idioms that we use daily such as “the elephant in the room, hold your horses, the lion’s share and one-trick pony.” Recently, I have been on a quest to find out about different animal idioms that you may have never heard before! All the idioms I have stumbled upon were actually mirroring the culture they originated from.
Speaking of that, guessing the origins of these idioms could be a great drinking game!
1)Mad as a March Hare
We are all familiar with hares thanks to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Originating from England and Europe in general, this idiom refers to the strange acts that hares do during their mating season (March). These said acts tend to be unpredictable so anyone who is acting out of the ordinary and in a crazy way could be mad as a March hare!
2)Throw the cat among the pigeons
Joining our list from Britain, this idiom basically refers to creating chaos by revealing something that should not be revealed. Causing a fight for saying something inappropriate, telling a secret and setting unpredictable events in motion can be great situations to use this idiom!
3) Cock and Bull Story
Originating from Europe, this idiom is just a more fun way of saying “BS!”. It is basically used when the reasons for an act is a complete and obvious lie. A good example would be the classic “my dog ate my homework.” story that we are accustomed to from cartoons. That is a complete cock and bull story!
4)The Bee’s Knees
This idiom is the fanciest form of saying “top-notch” or “very good.”. A good example could be “I bought these new pair of running shoes and they are the bee’s knees!” It is mostly assumed that this idiom originated from how bees carry pollen in sacks that are located on their knees without any errors or mistakes.
5) Horses for Courses
This idiom is used to state that everyone has a different purpose in life. Basically different people are suited for different tasks and situations just like horses. A racehorse will be good at racing and a workhorse will be good carrying weights.
6) Wee hen that never laid away
When I first saw this Scottish idiom, I instantly thought I knew what it meant. I thought that it basically meant “pain the a**.” I was wrong.
It is a commonly used idiom in Scotland when someone tries to play the innocent in a situation in which they are 100% at fault.
Source: The Guardian
7) Gone to the dogs
Joining our list from China, this idiom dates back to ancient times. Times when dogs were not allowed inside the city walls. And courts back then would sentence guilty people to leave the city and go outside of the walls. They would basically be “gone to the dogs.”
Nowadays, this idiom is used when something goes terribly wrong.