Respond to These Common Phrases and We'll Guess Your Strongest Quality

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

One of the advantages of English is also one of the things that makes it an incredibly difficult language to learn if you don't pick it up as a child. That's because English is absolutely chock full of sayings, phrases, proverbs, similes, aphorisms, idioms, and so on. If there's a situation that a human could conceivably find themselves in, some English-speaking group has a saying for it. Indeed, if they don't have a saying for it, they've probably borrowed one from French or Chinese or Yoruba and just translated it very badly (or not at all).

This does mean that if you do speak fluent English, no matter what's going on, you can probably pull up a quote or a ditty that perfectly encapsulates the situation. Sometimes it will be a Biblical moral that might offer you a guide as to how to proceed. Sometimes it's some old wives' tale that reminds you to approach a particular situation with a certain caution. Sometimes it's just a witticism from Alexander Pope, Dorothy Parker, or Oscar Wilde that pinpoints the absurdity of what is going on and at least offers you the consolation that you're not the first person to be in such a pickle.

How do you like to use Engish phrases, and what does it tell us about you? Let's find out!

Does a stitch in time save nine?

Are you what you eat?

Is it always in the last place you look?

Why shouldn't people in glass houses throw stones?

How do you feel if told to batten down the hatches?

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

Is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush?

Should people pull themselves up by their bootstraps?

Is it ever really raining cats and dogs?

Is it rocket science?

How do you feel about calling the bathroom the smallest room in the house?

Should it be called the best thing since sliced bread?

Do you ever say you've bitten off more than you can chew?

Do you like to hear it through the grapevine?

Do you often hit the nail on the head?

What's your view of jumping on the bandwagon?

Do we stand on the shoulders of giants?

Have you ever killed two birds with one stone?

How do you feel about the phrase, "stealing someone's thunder"?

Is there such a thing as a free lunch?

Have you ever had a taste of your own medicine?

Do you prefer to hear it straight from the horse's mouth?

Should you take it with a grain of salt?

How do you feel about the last straw?

Is the customer always right?

Does the early bird catch the worm?

Is the female of the species more deadly than the male?

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Is a little knowledge a dangerous thing?

Do fools rush in where angels fear to tread?

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