I Love English Week 6 (2016/2017)

I Love English Week 6 (2016/2017)

Quote of the week:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Idiom of the week:   take with a grain of salt | take with a pinch of salt

Saying of the week:    Jack of all trades, master of none

Phrasal Verb of the week:    get by


Quote of the week:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Idiom of the week:

take with a grain of salt | take with a pinch of salt

Meaning: If you take what someone says with a grain of salt, or with a pinch of salt, you have doubts about the truth or accuracy of what they say.

For example:

  • Uncle Bill tells some great stories, but we take what he says with a grain of salt because he sometimes exaggerates or makes things up.
  • Sue says the internet is great, but she takes a lot of the information there with a pinch of salt until she sees the same information on a few different websites.

Saying of the week:

Jack of all trades, master of none

Possible interpretation: Suggesting that a person who can do many different types of work is probably not very good at any of them.

Phrasal verb of the week:  get by  Synonym: manage

Meaning: to have just enough of something, like money, knowledge or skills, to do what you want to do

For example:

  • Workers getting the minimum wage earn just enough to get by, but I doubt if they could save anything.
  •  My French isn′t great, but it′s good enough to get by when I′m travelling in France.