Month: March 2017

bite off more than you can chew

Take on more responsibilities or tasks than you can handle. This idiom started being used in America in the late 1800s. It may have originated from the habit of chewing tobacco. Some people would take a big “bite” of the tobacco — much bigger than they could chew — and end up having to spit most of it out before…

Ebook sale!

“Read an Ebook Week” is a regular annual promotion and celebration of digital books at Smashwords, an ebook distributor. This year the sale runs from one minute after midnight Sunday morning, March 5th, to midnight on Saturday, March 11th. All my books and short stories on Smashwords will be FREE for that week. Enjoy! Click on this Smashwords link to see list of books…

horsing around

Light-hearted, boisterous play; fooling around and having fun in a physical way. Little kids especially enjoy horsing around.  In the 16th century, “horse” was a common adjective describing anything strong, big, or coarse. Along with horseplay, that’s how horseradish got its name. The verb “horse,” once meant “play crazy jokes on.” Experts aren’t sure how it came into use, or…