Ten English Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs
If you don't know all these proverbs and sayings about eggs, this web page will help you to improve your English
The English Language is very rich in metaphors, proverbs and sayings. Pick on any common object, and it is quite likely that there will be a saying or proverb about it. Without too much difficulty, I have managed to think of ten sayings about eggs. See how many you can remember.
If your home language is English, I hope this web page will amuse you, and if you are a student of English, learning to speak English as a second language (ESL), you should find this list of sayings about eggs very helpful.
Where Have All the Bad Eggs Gone?
Speaking of eggs, have you noticed that you hardly ever find any bad eggs these days? I remember being taught in my youth that you should always break eggs into separate conainers, to avoid contaminating all your good eggs with one rotten egg. And yet I haven't come across a bad egg for years - I suppose that is because of better quality control before distribution.
And boy do bad eggs stink - sulphurated hydrogen is a smell which clings to your mind forever. But, as I said, I haven't found one for years - I always take a risk and break all the eggs over one container, pouring them all in together.
This recent absence of bad eggs must be something to do with the modern methods of feeding and farming chickens, or the speed with which eggs travel from the farm to reach our breakfast table.
However, having said that, my experience is that eggs do actually last a whole lot longer than their "sell-by date". I used to travel by liner on a two-week journey to visit my parents who lived abroad, and even on the return journey, all the eggs fed to passengers were British, which infers that they must have lasted somewhat more than four weeks.
Nonetheless, imagine my disgust, then, when I went into my shed the other day and smelt that smell. Ugh! I thought there must be a dead rat in there. But I traced it to a tied up plastic bag – and what was in that bag? I opened it gingerly to discover.....what?
Have you guessed? Yes, eggshells which I had saved all over Winter, to put on the garden in Spring. The smell almost bowled me over.
Did you know that eggshells leach a chemical, calcium, which is nourishing to plants? And, furthermore, eggshells are reputed to deter slugs, as slugs don’t like sharp things like sand and broken eggshells, which scratch their delicate little bodies. Maybe it works, but I can’t say I have noticed an appreciable difference when I sprinkled egg shells in my garden.
A Rather Strong Reaction To The Smell Of Bad Eggs:
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No.1
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs -
In order to reach your goal, it is necessary to do unpleasant things
e.g. "The situation in Syria is devastating, and there will be no real winners, because you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and people are going to get hurt
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 2
A good egg -
A decent or good person
e.g. "He's kind and generous, even to strangers - he's a real good egg"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 3
A bad egg or a rotten egg -
A bad or very unpleasant person with criminal tendencies
e.g. "Not many people were sad when Charles Manson" died, because he was a bad egg"
A Bad Egg
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs:No. 4
An Egghead –
e.g. "It takes an egghead like Einstein to discover the theory of relativity"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 5
To get egg on his face -
To be caught doing something stupid
e.g. " When Trump said America would build a wall to separate USA from Mexico and make Mexico pay for it, to some extent he was caught with egg on his face, because Mexico refused to pay for it"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 6
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? -
Describing something which is a connundrum or a circular argument
e.g. "You need experience to get a good job, and you need a good job to get experience - it's a chicken and egg situation, that is, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 7
Walking on eggshells -
Having to act carefully in order not to upset someone
e.g. "My husband is so sensitive that trying not to upset him is like walking on eggshells"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 8
Eggshell paint –
A type of paint with a texture somewhere between matt and gloss
e.g. "I prefer egg shell paint to gloss because, although washable, it is not as shiny as gloss paint"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 9
To egg someone on -
To encourage someone fairly forcefully
e.g. "Egged on by his trainer and admirers, Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in the world"
Proverbs and Sayings About Eggs: No. 10
It smells like rotten eggs –
There's something suspicious or fraudulent going on....very apt for the current political situation in many parts of the world, I fear.
e.g. "Jacob Zuma, the African president, built an additional swimming pool on the edge of his multi-million pound estate which he said was to protect him against interlopers, but that smells like rotten eggs to me"
I've Just Thought of One More Proverb About Eggs Whilst Editing This Page:
No. 11 To be Hard-Boiled
This describes someone who is tough
e.g. "She's hard-boiled and would not be afraid of any of your threats"
Now see my tips on How to Make Scrambled Egg - Easy Recipe - I think you'll enjoy it, and you might learn something new.
And Here is my secret of How to Make an Omelette
Hard Boiled Eggs
Do you remember dunking your bread into your boiled egg?
This is My Poem About Eggs and Soldiers -
EGGS AND SOLDIERS
Eggs and Soldiers
Eggs and Soldiers
Munchy munch they go
Tap tap tap
And crack crack crack
To open eggy neatly
Spread your bread
And sprinkle salt
Then eat your food politely
Dipped in yellow
Dunky dunk I go
Now his head is bitten off
His jacket coated gold
And crystal white his salty eggs –
Don’t let your egg get cold!
© Diana Grant
Take This Poll - How do You Like Your Eggs?
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A Play on Words About Eggs: For Eggsample Eglantine, the Eggcentric Egg
Now Try This Little Quiz:
- Quiz About Eggs
Have fun - answer this quiz about eggs, and if you get an eggzemplary 100% you will be eggstatic, and your ego will grow eggsponentally!
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© 2012 Diana Grant