Month: April 2017

piss and vinegar

Brimming with energy, boisterous, assertive, full of beans.  To say that people are “full of piss and vinegar” is to say that they are brimming with energy and enthusiasm. In the distant past, similar phrases had a rather negative connotation, but the modern expression is usually complimentary, “vinegar” being an old slang term for enthusiastic energy. Here are the more…

don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Looking a “gift horse in the mouth” would be like judging the gift’s value, which is an insult. The gift may not be ideal if it is an old horse, but since it was free and you can still make good use of it, perhaps gratitude for having one at all is appropriate. Of course this proverb is one that…