Fruit in English Proverbs and Sayings
English Language Has Many Proverbs And Sayings About Fruit
The English language is rich in imagery, metaphors, proverbs and sayings. Look about you and you'll find that many common objects are reflected in every day speech. These are expressions which English speakers take for granted, but among these phrases you might find one here that you have not used before.
Take a bowl of fruit - almost every type of fruit is represented in our speech, quite apart from the literal meaning.
If you speak English well, you will find this page entertaining and, If you are learning English as a second language (known as ESL, ESOL, TEFL,TESOL or TESL), you will, in addition, find this summary of Proverbs and Sayings About Fruit very useful.
A Bowl Of Fruit
Take A Bowl Of Fruit - Almost Every Type Of Fruit Is Represented In Our Speech, Quite Apart From The Literal Meaning
If you speak English well, you will find this page entertaining and, If you are learning English as a second language, you will, in addition, find this summary of Proverbs and Sayings About Fruit very useful
Proverbs And Sayings About Apples
The English Do Love Their Apples
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Proverb - meaning if you have an apple every day, you will stay healthy
- A rotten apple in the barrel - a bad person or thing among the good ones
- The apple of my eye - someone very special
- Adam's apple - laryngeal prominence - i.e. the thyroid cartilage which shows as a lump on men's throats
- To upset the apple cart - to spoil previously made plans
Grapes - Sayings And Metaphors
The English Language Is Short Of Proverbs About Grapes
- The grapes of wrath - the results of anger
- (this is also the name of a brilliant modern classic book by John Steinbeck, which was made into an equally brilliant film, starring Peter Fonda)
- Sour grapes - An expression used to describe a situation where someone is criticizing something they really want but can't have, or saying they don't want it. The precise words you would use are "it's just sour grapes"
Sayings And Metaphors - Cherries
You Can't Beat An English Cherry Tree Blossoming In Spring
- The cherry on the cake - the most important or appealing part of something. For instance "I have a good job and the cherry on the cake is that I get six weeks' paid leave"
- Cherry picking - Cherry picking is the act of pointing at individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position. NB When using this expression, you always say "cherry picking" not "picking a cherry"
Sayings In English Language About Bananas
- To slip on a banana skin - to make an elementary mistake
- To go bananas - To be very angry or go mad, or to be excessive
e.g. I nearly went bananas by adding not one, not two, but three photographs of bananas here!
A Metaphor - Kiwi
I Can't Think Of Any English Proverbs About Kiwi Fruit But Here Is A Metaphor
- A Kiwi - a New Zealander (The kiwi fruit is presumably very prolific in New Zealand).
If you haven't tried kiwi fruit, I can highly recommend that you do - they are sweet, juicy and full of flavour. You can peel the thin furry skin first and then eat them whole or slice them up for a fruit salad or dessert topping - they look very ornamental with their varigated green tones. I must confess I don't usually peel them - I just wash them and eat them like an apple.
Oranges - An English Saying And An Old English Nursery Rhyme
An English Proverb And A Song About Oranges
- Oranges are not the only fruit - Not everyone is the same, i.e it takes all sorts to make the world.
- There is also a book called "Oranges are not the Only Fruit" by Jeannette Winterton which was made into a very successful television drama series, about a girl growing up as a lesbian, and the effect on her family and friend relationships.
- Oranges and Lemons - A popular children's song, sung at small children's parties, where two people hold their hands together in an arch and the rest of the children pass through the arch, one at a time:
Oranges and Lemons
Say the bells of St Clements
You owe me five farthings
Say the bells of St Martins
When will you pay me
Say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Say the bells of Shoreditch
When will that be
Say the bells of Stepney
I do not know
say the great bells of Bow
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head
Here comes a candle to light you to bed.
Chip-chop chip-chop last man's head!
(and with that, the axe comes down on the head of the child passing through the arch, and chops it off - figuratively of course - and that child is "Out". The game continues until, one-by-one all the children save one are "Out", and the last remaining one is the winner).
A Veritable Fruit Salad Of English Sayings
But No English Proverbs About Peaches, Lemons, Limes Or Plums - Just Metaphors
- A peach - a beauty or you can say someone is peachy
- A lemon - A bit of an idiot
- A limey - a British person (from the practice in the British navy of giving sailors lime juice to prevent scurvy on long journeys)
- plum an adjective meaning especially good e.g. a plum job
No Figures Of Speech For Strawberries, But You Might Like A Beetles Song Instead, So Try The One Below
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