|Hes dressed to kill, but cant hold a candle to you.
Youre the salt of the earth.
Yeah, hes just a flash in the pan but cool as a cucumber.
What on earth are they talking about? It may sound like another language to you, but these are common idioms. An idiom is a group of words whose meaning has evolved over the years from what it first meant. Here's how it works:
Can't hold a candle to you.
This expression goes back to Shakespeare's time, before there was any such thing as street lighting. In those days, a person returning home from a tavern or theater would be accompanied by a linkboy who carried a torch or a candle. These linkboys were considered very inferior beings, so to say that Tom couldn't hold a candle to Harry meant that Tom was very much inferior to Harry.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
This was one of President Harry S Truman's favorite sayings. In other words, if you can't take the pressures that go with positions of authority, you're better off not seeking such positions.
Good Night, Sleep Tight.
A good night greeting. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were tied onto the bed frame by ropes. When the ropes were pulled the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Can't see the forest for the trees.
When you concentrate hard on details, it's hard to see the whole picture.
Calling Young Green Thumbs
Get down and dirty!
Dig into some compost, and learn what makes a great garden. Youll make a dish garden filled with flower, a pond and garden friends. And youll eat some dirt with nice gummy worms
10-noon at Historic Annapolis
Foundations Wm. Paca Garden, 186 Prince Geo. St., Annapolis. $5. rsvp: 410/267-7619.
The Match Game: Test Your Brain
Match the idioms in box #1 to their true meanings in box #2
|Close, but no cigar
Youre the salt of the earth?
Same old seven and six
Six of one; half dozen of the other
Youre skating on thin ice
A watched pot never boils
A flash in the pan
A drop in the bucket
Still wet behind the ears
Whole nine yards
Keep your shirt on
Thats neither here nor there
Dont wait for something to happen
Some bad luck
Almost but not quite
Still young and learning
Youre the best
Its the same thing
It doesnt matter
Impressive but not the real thing
Watch it or youll be in trouble
Thats just a small part of it all
Super Easter Eggs
Hunt for spectacularly decorated eggs. Monday, April 16 at 11am Hallowing Point Park,
Prince Frederick. Free; rsvp: 410/586-1101
Arbor Day 1-Mile Fun Run
Sat. April 7 (9am)Run for Mother Earth. Meet Smokey the Bear. Get your race T-shirt. Ages 5-17. $9 race day before 8:45; early discounts. Kings Landing, Huntingtown: 410/586-1101. Activity 430883A
Walk the Rails
Sat. April 7 (9am)Travel back through time when steam engines brought lots of visitors to the Chesapeake Bay. Hike along a few miles of the old Chesapeake Beach Railway and imagine what life was like 100 years ago. All ages. Chesapeake Railway Museum, Chesapeake Beach: rsvp: 410/9479330.
Hula Hoop Hop
Sat. April 7 (1pm)How long can you hula hoop? Put on a poodle skirt and show off your tricks. Find out why hula hoop was all the rage in the 50s. Prizes awarded. Hula hoops provided. All ages. $2. Annapolis Rec. Center, Annapolis: 410/263-7958.
Meet the Lighthouse Keeper
April 7-8 (10am5pm)Drumpoint Lighthouse is home this weekend.
Talk to Keeper Yeatman and his wife and find out what it was like to live in a lighthouse in 1918. All Ages. $. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island: 410/326-2042.
Lets Go Birding
Sun. April 8 (46pm)Get to know the birds in your own backyard. Learn about their behavior and what kind they are. Then go birdwatching. Ages: kids and parents. $2. Smallwood State Park, Upper Marlboro.
Play Ball with an Oriole
April 9-13 (9am-4pm)Improve your fielding, catching, hitting and base running. Former Orioles pitcher Ken Dixon gives tips at a week long baseball camp for girls and boys. Attend an Orioles game, too. Ages 8-17. $125. South Bowie Community
Center, Bowie: rsvp: 301/249-1622.