By Marvin Rubinstein

Content material: 1. American spoken the following -- English understood -- 2. Proverbs, slogans, and aphorisms -- three. renowned American expressions -- four. Proverbial commentaries -- five. Similes and metaphors indicating extremes -- 6. American slang and colloquialisms -- 7. British vs. American English (and vice versa) -- eight. all over the world English -- nine. overseas phrases and words usually utilized in English -- 10. universal American criminal phrases -- eleven. universal American clinical phrases -- 12. company colloquialisms, slang and acronyms -- thirteen. Acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms -- 14. Acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms within the desktop, net and communications industries -- 15. From the place do you hail? -- sixteen. For the logo minded

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Do not (never) hide your light under a bushel. Do not be overly modest about your abilities or accomplishments. (=) Stand up and be counted. Do not (never) judge others by yourself. LT. Self-explanatory. Do not (never) jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Do not avoid a bad situation by getting into a worse one. (=) From bad to worse. : Sp. Ir de Guatemala en guate-peor. } Do not (never) kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Do not risk the source of one’s wealth out of greed for more.

Sp. Lo que en la leche se mama, en la mortaja se derrama. } Children should be seen and not heard. LT. Children should be disciplined and not rowdy. Christmas comes but once a year. Do not expect good fortune to smile on you perpetually. Class will tell. If you make a good appearance and handle yourself well, you will make a good impression. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. LT acceptable. Few things in life are as important as keeping one’s self and surroundings clean and healthy. Clothes (apparel) make the man.

All the rules are broken. It ain’t elegant, but it sure adds versatility, flexibility, and richness. One final example of changing nouns to verbs is the term stonewall, which means to erect figuratively a wall or barrier to prevent an opponent from winning or consolidating his gains. S. Senators frequently stonewall to prevent passage of legislation they dislike. Suspected felons often stonewall to prevent prosecutors from obtaining additional evidence against them. The interesting thing about stonewall is that it has turned both a noun (wall) and an adjective (stone) into a verb.

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