Idiom Edition: Apples and Oranges

When someone wants to make a ridiculous comparison, between two things that are completely and utterly different, people often suggest that to do so would be like comparing apples and oranges.

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It doesn't make any sense, kind of like this picture!

Wait, what?

Apples and oranges have a lot in common! Both fruits grow on trees, they have about the same amount of dietary fiber and calories, and they’re found right next to each other in the grocery store! Still, it’s a commonly used expression.

Ex. You can’t compare tennis and baseball, that’s like comparing apples and oranges.

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Who's who?

Far more sensibly, when comparing two things so alike that they could be considered identical, people often say it’s like comparing apples to apples.

Ex. Comparing Sherri to Terri is like trying to compare apples to apples.

BTW: The British have a much better analogy. They say chalk and cheese.

Idiom Edition: Think Twice

Have you ever regretted a decision you made? Maybe you were a little too honest about a coworker’s performance in a group email, or maybe you thought that puddle was going to be a bit shallower before you stepped in it…

This guy could be in deep water...

Maybe next time you’ll think twice before you act!

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Idiom Edition: Go with the Flow

Like they say, “When in Venice, do as the Venetians do.”

Living in Venice means adapting to the area’s constant flooding. the struggles to raise the sinking city and keep the rising waters at bay are very real, the city’s citizens have learned to go with the flow.

The ‘Library of High Water’ has a clever way of keeping dry, and while it’s easy to throw on some boots and wade your way around, some Venetians throw in the towel and put on bathing suits instead.

Swim over to to find out more!


Idiom Edition: Running Circles

Acrobatic kicks, amazing headers, incredible saves – there’s been a lot to cheer for during the 2014 World Cup, but perhaps one of the most astonishing efforts on display has been the incredible amount of distance these athletes cover in a match.

Some soccer players run as much as 9.5 miles a game!

So what’s the difference between running circles around someone and running around in circles?

Well, if you watched the semifinal match between Germany and Brazil you’ve seen great examples of both!

The German team ran circles around Brazil, meaning that they outplayed the home team, demonstrating much more skill and ability in their 7-1 win.

Brazil’s team meanwhile seemed to run around in circles for most of the game, which means they spent a lot of time and energy but didn’t achieve much.

Run over to VN for more run phrases!