Month: April 2018

blow your mind

If something blows your mind, you are very excited or surprised by it. This can include, of course, the use of hallucinatory drugs. If you tend to take things literally, ‘blew my mind’ could mean your head exploding, and ‘blew me away’ might evoke a gust of wind. ‘Boggle the mind’ is similar, but it seems to me to be…

wildcatter

A wildcatter is a prospector who sinks exploratory oil wells in areas not known to have oil fields. The term can also be applied to a risky investor. The word was coined in America and dates from the early oil industry in western Pennsylvania. Oil wells in unproven territory were called ‘wild-cat wells’ by 1871, and those who drilled them…

catch-22

A catch-22 is frustrating situation in which the attempt to escape makes escape impossible, a situation in which the desired outcome is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions.  You could also describe it as: ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’ Or, perhaps, ‘heads I win, tails you lose.’ Along with…