CatchThis Blog / expressions

Laurel Sutton

February 10, 2011

Just like TV Tropes, Reddit can be a great/horrible time waster. I generally don’t go there unless someone I trust sends me a link, and recently I got a great one. The question: What are your favorite culturally untranslateable phrases? The original poster kicks things off with this amazing example: I was born and raised […]

Mark Skoultchi

December 9, 2010

In a world that too often devolves into F-bombs and other woof moments preceding a bar fight, Catchword yearns for language that is sophisticated and nuanced. A new language, even if it’s merely more appropriate and expressive words. Or else the hardboiled dialogue from Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Regardless of the venue, at Catchword, […]

Laurel Sutton

August 13, 2010

Until I saw this episode of the IT Crowd, I don’t think I’d ever heard the expression damp squid: As the judge helpfully points out, the actual expression is damp squib, which I hadn’t heard either. By sheer coincidence (maybe), a survey appeared in the UK newspaper The Telegraph which listed damp squid as the […]