Sighthounds are the speed-merchants of the dog-world. They are bred to be fast, courageous, and efficient hunters, yet their appearance exhumes an air of elegance and refinement. Here's an exploration of more than twenty of these incredibly adapted dog breeds.
Parenting is not easy. When kids act up or need reigning in, Mum and dad often fall back on those phrases, sayings and gruff advice they heard as children instructing them in life's lessons.
This article explores natural dog breeds, including examining canines considered aboriginal, primitive, or ancient. They were initially developed through natural selection to thrive in their particular environments.
The CZ 175 motorcycle, an import from Czechoslovakia, had tough competition from the newly introduced Japanese motorbikes in 1975. This article details my route to be a first-time motorcycle owner and my experience of this sometimes underrated machine.
Among the many breeds of cats worldwide today, a select few belong to the category of being a natural breed. Developed without people's intervention, these cats have evolved naturally to take advantage of their environment. They enable a wide range of traits and characteristics within the cat world.
Have you ever wondered how a beetle flies? After all, these insects come in many varied shapes and sizes, and they look far from being built for effective flight. We usually see these creatures scurrying along the ground or rummaging among the undergrowth where they seem more at home.
"Cool" at face value seems such an innocuous little word. But did you realize that it has so many meanings and interpretations? This article delves into the nuances of "cool" within English idioms and phrases. "Cool" really is the Coolest word.
Space, often referred to as the final frontier, is a frontier that humankind has just started to explore. Yet, 60 years since we first left our atmosphere, new idioms have already been added to the English language.
A life without music is unimaginable, and we would be all the poorer for the lack of it. These ten songs, all with a Sailing theme, became popular hits in their day, enjoying time in the charts and some, decades later, continue to enthrall the listener.
Music. A powerful force in people’s lives. It enhances our mood, expresses our feelings, and brings harmony and shared emotions to its audience. Little wonder then that music-related idioms have rippled through our language and form part of everyday speech.
Work. A four-letter word to some. The core purpose of our lives to others. It is hardly surprising then that this seemingly innocuous little word lies at the heart of so many English idioms and phrases.
These sayings, generated from the impact of summer seasons on generations long past, still have relevant messages of popular wisdom for those who cherish the long summer days of the present.
Have you heard of the saying: "time waits for no man?" Yes? Then bearing this in mind, let's get started on these idioms and phrases that express the concept of time on our daily lives.
Cats are considered by many to be mysterious creatures. Little wonder then that fallacies surround them. However, these cat-related fallacious beliefs are commonly held misconceptions. This article seeks to demystify these feline fallacies.
Small companion dogs, although smaller in stature than their larger fellow canines, still display the attributes and attitudes of a big dog. They also bring their loyalty and friendship to dog owners who perhaps cannot offer the space and energy required by the larger dog breeds.
Birds have ruled the skies above us for millennia. Over time, each specie has developed its unique adaptations—the fantastic variety of form and behavior contributing a rich source of expression to the English language.
Here is a patient's experience of pigment dispersion syndrome, which includes causes, treatment options, and day-to-day management tips for this unusual eye disorder.
There are weeds, and then there are horsetail weeds. These fragile-looking plants are deceptively robust. Once they gain access to your yard, they will make your weeding much harder.
While it is possible to converse in English without the use of idioms, the Second Language Learner (S.S.L.) will be at a disadvantage without some understanding of this literary term’s purpose and use. This article explains what idioms are and the functions they serve in the English language.
Every trade and profession develops its own unique language. This "secret" terminology often seems to exclude outsiders. If you are interested in becoming antique dealer or trader, then this insight into the everyday vocabulary and jargon they use will make this transition all the easier.
Spring—a time of renewal and optimism. Nature awakens, giving rise to the promise of plenty. This article lists a number of idioms and adages borne from the impact of the spring season on people's lives. These wise sayings offer advice and guidance from generations past.
This article lists a number of idioms, adages, proverbs and sayings generated from the impact of winter seasons on generations long past. Many still have relevant messages for those of us over-wintering today.
Our pet dogs are an integral part of our family life. They ground us in the here and now and ask little in return. It's no surprise that their contribution to our lives inspires us to create inspiring, humorous, and pithy quotes. Here are more than sixty of my favorite canine quotations.
50 expressions and idioms that draw their message from societies use and dependence on the motor car.
Anaphora is an incredibly simple, yet powerful literary tool. It's used to generate an emotional response from the listener and to create memorable and thought provoking ideas in the user's audience whether in the media of political speeches, literature, theatre or music.
Seafaring has resulted in the development of a rich wealth of phrases and terms over the centuries, and many of these snippets of language are now incorporated into our everyday vocabulary—often without us realising where they originated. Enjoy these 50 nautical phrases coined by seafarers.
This article examines gardener’s jargon and aims to provide those new and not-so-new gardeners with a better understanding of the terminology used. In particular, this article discusses the vocabulary used to describe the lifespan of various plants and their ability to survive weather conditions.
Cats inspire many proverbs and sayings. Not so surprising when you consider our relationship with cats and the many folklores and myths that surround them. Here are 77 cat proverbs and sayings from around the world.
Puzzled and perplexed by all those seemingly unanswerable questions? Then look no further. This article will take away the strain and free you from those imponderable chains.
This article contains 50 idioms related to cats. We use idioms in everyday speech, but I had no idea that so many include a reference to cats. How many do you recognize?
Imponderables, perplexing little questions that get under your skin and have you itching for an answer. Well, put away the ointment, these animal related imponderables are just for fun.
Imponderables: puzzling questions that are just begging to be explained - and yet, often unexplainable. This article takes a light-hearted look at imponderable questions with a food related twist.
Dinosaurs - some were bigger than a bus, others were smaller than a chicken. But whatever their size, these amazing creatures have captivated and enthused young and old alike. An introduction to the world of dinosaurs.
For a great deal of my boyhood, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I always remember how difficult it was to find information on what a vet's life was actually like and what it took to qualify for the training (remember this was long before the age of the computer and search engines such as Google).
One of my all-time favorite dishes, bread puddings are from days past. Whether your favorite is baked, boiled, or steamed, they all stem from a time when desserts were built from every day, easily sourced ingredients. Inexpensive to make, yet incredibly tasty and satisfying to eat.
A guide to the various horse breeds, their characteristics and traits. This article details horse breeds in alphabetical order ideal as a resource for those interested in knowing more about horses.
Animal Riddles are great fun. This article has 77 riddles and answers all with an animal related theme. Good clean humor at its very best. Raise a chuckle with your friends and family today.
An idiom is a figurative form of speech in which the person speaking is using words in an imaginative or unusual way. This article focusses on idioms that involve the use of the word frog within them.
The bear is a true wonder of nature and many bear idioms make reference to the strength and forceful nature of this amazing animal.
Idioms that mention monkeys are often humorous and rarely offensive, focussing instead on the playful aspects of a monkey's character.
Humans have been living alongside and interacting with horses for thousands of years. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that so many idioms gleaned from our equine companions have crept into our everyday language. This article discusses the meanings of 25 common expressions involving horses.
An article detailing twenty idioms related to Rabbits, Hares and Bunnies. Idioms help make our speech more expressive and colourful. They also provide snippets of advice gleamed from generations of people who have trod life's path before us.
55 dog related idioms and phrases as used in everyday language. Dogs have long held a special place in our lives and it is therefore unsurprising that so many idiomatic expressions and phrases involving dogs have entered our vocabulary.
This article examines more than thirty idioms and expressions that involve the word pig. Pigs are such distinctive and characterful animals; it is little wonder that so many phrases related to them have entered the English language.