After a very tough winter, slowing ebbing away this week officially but not in evidence, let’s remember that some expressions shift to another side of their connotations…
- ‘White out conditions’ refer mainly to the need to correct typos
- ‘Bundling up’ means trying to combine services for a cheaper rate
- ‘Skating on thin ice’ focuses on one’s status in the workplace or relationships
- A ‘Blanket of snow’ reverts to its rightful place as a soft assessment of political bafflegab
- ‘Breaking the ice’ relates to reducing the size of ice cubes for drinks
- The ‘tip of the iceberg’ alludes to the gradual rise of problems not previously evident in a project
- Dealing with a ‘cold snap’ means handling a number of people feeling weakened by a virus
- ‘Putting something on ice’ becomes a desirable option for diluting the effects of heat
- Being ‘left out in the cold’ becomes more hurtful, because it’s not dependent on temperature
- Feeling ‘snowed under’ identifies the emergence of projects put on hiatus during the winter
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In less than one week another of those often pressure-packed, gift giving days arrives: February 14th, AKA Valentine’s Day.
I can recall as a child in elementary school filling out sweet and simple cards to be given to classmates. Starting even at such a young age, the message sinks in: this is a day to try to treat at least one other person in a special way. Of course, as one gets older, effort and expense become more integral parts of the equation. (more…)
If there’s a message underlying many escapades in The Simpsons’ annual Halloween “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, it’s that simply twisting the slant of everyday routines can be sufficient to make reality a black humour version of unnerving, or worse. This emerges most overtly when the backdrop is parody, shaped by the tone of this venerable take on animated life.
The most memorable moments stem from great writing, about altered states. These stand out, like in life itself, the dust settling in varying layers of destiny. (more…)