The Last Straw

Twists & Turns of Phrase The last straw or final straw is a problem or annoyance that on its own would be a trifling matter,…

English Down Under

The past couple of weeks I’ve been wandering around in Sydney, Australia, so it seems fitting to make today’s post a roundup of fun and…

Open a Can of Worms

A person who opens a can of worms tries to solve a problem, but in doing so creates a lot of new unanticipated complications.

For some reason I always see the image of the snake-in-a-can gag whenever I hear this turn of phrase, but this is clearly just my unusual brain at work. So I wonder just where this saying does come from…