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Welcome to another Monday, and another Say What?.  As much as we try to complete things in an expedient fashion, sometimes the evil of procrastination takes hold and we’re left scrambling at the last minute.  Therefore, without delay, we’ll be looking at never put off until tomorrow what you can do today and procrastination is the thief of time, with some timely help from the characters of Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s.

I’ll get around to it… eventually. )
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[personal profile] mab_browne
In today’s Say What, we’re looking at two sayings very different in association and history: as you sow, so you shall reap and marry in haste, repent at leisure. Separated by time and their sources they might be but they share a unitary thread – that of consequences. The Guardians of the Galaxy will supply our fannish examples.
On with the post )
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Anticipation, sang Carly Simon: It's keeping me waiting.

Today's Say What? features a pair of sayings that go well with Simon's famous song. We'll explore them with the help of Gansey III's crew from Maggie Stiefvater's Young Adult series, the Raven Cycle.

We can't wait! )
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[personal profile] ariestess
For this week's Say What? adventure, we're going to look at a couple of seemingly biblically-inspired sayings, with the help of our friends over at with the help of our friends over at Once Upon a Time )
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[personal profile] randi2204
It’s that time again – Say What? is back!  Today we’ll be taking a look at a couple of sayings that give some insight into both hope and reality.  Let’s get right into better to light a candle than to curse the darkness and man’s reach exceeds his grasp, and we’ll be enlisting the characters from the Magnificent Seven movie to help.

Reach for the candle but don’t grasp the flame. )
[identity profile] whymzycal.livejournal.com
Happy Monday, and welcome to the next installment of Say What?, in which we discover the origins of (Don’t) upset the applecart and The apple never falls far from the tree. With examples from Supernatural )
[identity profile] achacunsagloire.livejournal.com
It’s Monday again, dear Fandom Grammar readers!  Considering this particular day of the week means trading leisure for work (or schoolwork) for the next five days, it’s easy to feel gloomy on Mondays and gawk at the long wait until Friday.  But today we’re going to focus on the positive instead of the negative, like our two idioms of the day suggest: “The darkest hour is just before the dawn” and “every cloud has a silver lining.”  To better shine the light on these two Positive-Polly phrases, we’ll get some help from the characters of Silent Hill, who are experts at finding their way in the dark.

Click on this cut for illumination on these two idioms. )
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[personal profile] randi2204
In today’s edition of Say What?, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of sayings that remind you that what you say, or maybe what you don’t say, can have great impact on what people think of you.  Let’s jump right into better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt and tell the truth and shame the devil, with some help from the characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Telling the truth doesn’t make you a fool, does it? )
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[personal profile] randi2204
In today’s Say What?, we’re going to take a look at sayings that lie on either end of the spectrum of “things we want to do.”  Let’s jump right into if you can’t be good, be careful and needs must when the devil drives, with some help from our friends from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Who can be careful if the devil’s driving? )
[identity profile] chiroho.livejournal.com
This week's Say What? looks at two sayings that are related to annelids, and both of them counsel caution in different ways. My examples for explaining these sayings will be from Person of Interest.

What happens if the worm that the early bird catches decides to turn? )
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Today's installment of "Say What?" will look at two phrases that have a common basis in Christianity and taking responsibility for your misdeeds. You've probably heard both but may not know what they mean. So let's find out together with the help of our friends over at Once Upon a Time, shall we?

(Don't) rob Peter to pay Paul. / (The) writing on the wall. )
[identity profile] whymzycal.livejournal.com
It's Friday, and that means it's time for another exciting "Say What?"! In today's installment, we're going to learn about two sayings whose current meanings probably originated in the U.S.—with examples from Person of Interest. )
[identity profile] achacunsagloire.livejournal.com
Happy Friday, Fandom Grammar watchers!  It sure has been an exciting past few weeks, what with the release of the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer.  Although it provided some juicy details for us fans to salivate over in the coming months, it did little to sate our hunger for Hunger Games goodness.

Speaking of which, this week’s food-oriented idioms inspire hunger of a different sort: “half a loaf is better than no bread” and “the bread always falls butter side down.” Let’s satisfy our hunger for knowledge below the cut:

First up is "half a loaf is better than no bread": )
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[personal profile] randi2204
Welcome to your Friday, grammar fans, and to another edition of Say What?!  The sayings we’re going to be looking at today are all about the work we do and the quality of that work.  Our friends from the Magnificent Seven will help us take a look at if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well and if you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

Doing, doing, done! )
[identity profile] mab-browne.livejournal.com
Today’s Say What looks at two sayings with a musical bent, with a little help from characters from The Sentinel.

More under the cut )
[identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com
Today's expressions are, if you'll pardon the expression, quite grave. We'll let the cast of Sherlock demonstrate.

After all, there is no shortage of corpses in Sherlock )
[identity profile] chiroho.livejournal.com
In this week's Say What? our two sayings are both food related but are very different in their meanings. To help demonstrate their use I'll be using characters from Person of Interest in my examples.

How do you prove your puddings? )
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[personal profile] chomiji

Even though rain is necessary for life, the fact that raindrops look like teardrops, along with the darkened skies that rain brings with it during the day, make rain an allusion to sorrow or bad luck in many cultures. Let's take a closer look at a couple of familiar sayings about the rain that are really comments about misfortune.

With the help of the cast of the manga and anime series Black Lagoon … )
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[personal profile] randi2204
Welcome to your Friday and another edition of Say What?.  Today’s proverbs are both about power and ability—who might have them and what might happen.  Let’s take a look at in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king and he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword, assisted our friends the Avengers. )
[identity profile] chiroho.livejournal.com
In this week's Say What? we'll be looking at two expressions that are related to either, depending on how you look at it, things that money can buy, or whether people's integrity is real. I'll be using the characters from Person of Interest in my examples.

What is your price? )


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