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  1. Bury the hatchet - to end a quarrel or become friendly. It was used literally around the time native indians were around what is the United States now; it meant to keep weapons under the ground or hidden until such a time they were needed again.

  2. Pay the ferryman - back in the olden days when people believed in Greek mythology, people put coins over the eyes of the dead so they have fare to get into the underworld

    Paying your dues - When I graduated college and joined the workforce, the only jobs open to me were entry level, low paying jobs. There was no way around it, I was told that working those jobs was "paying my dues" because I was a student for so long

  3. Catlike reflexes - a bit literal, but cats are super quick to react. A cat's reflexes are pretty good.

    Quick as a cat or Quiet as a cat - Also pretty literal and self-explanatory, but cats are really quiet and move pretty fast.

    Yeah I'm pretty fond of cats :grin:

  4. Oh my god, please don't.

    Everyone around me seems to use it in casual conversation. It's crazy stupid! I get soooo pissed off by that phrase. It's not even catchy! It was probably used once at the right time, and people started adopting it, and now they've blown it out of proportion without any kind of context whatsoever.  :angry: :angry: :angry:

  5. When I was a student, I'd use winding sentences, complicated words and repetition, just to get my papers to the required length. I could've said it clearly in a few sentences, but I don't get to make the rules. :bored: As a result, I somehow learned a lot of words I can hardly use in casual conversation, but I write a lot better now so there's that!  :wink:

  6. Why has no one mentioned Star Wars yet?

    [list type=decimal]

    [*]“Never tell me the odds!” Han Solo

    [*]“You do have your moments. Not many, but you have them.” Princess Leia

    [*]“Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes; your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for your… sister. So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now, his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side… then perhaps she will…” Darth Vader

    [*]“Ben! I can be a Jedi. Ben, tell him I’m ready!” (Thumps head on ceiling.) “Ow!” Luke Skywalker

  7. I particularly like "Sonder", simply because of it's meaning.


    n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

  8. It's the opposite for me. I couldn't ever read anything from Shakespeare. I always have a hard time with ye olde english; somehow all the extra letters throw me "off-balance" if that makes any sense. I enjoy the plays though, I don't mind listening to Shakespearean plays since I can't hear the extra letters I see in text form.

  9. What are your interests?

    It's easy to get into reading if you read about something that interests you. Also something you could try is starting out with a small, short story. You don't get the commitment and investment of a long novel, and your passion for reading (if any) could grow from there.

  10. This is, of course, just an opinion but a stupid reason to learn a language is for nothing.

    If there was a language that nobody used anymore, then why learn it? This would only be the case if there was no existing form of writing or spoken language, so it's kind of a paradox since you couldn't learn it if there was nothing to learn from.

    Am I making sense? I think I'll shut up now  :speechless:

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