While being one of the most popular languages on the planet and massively dominating the digital space, English is widely regarded as one of the hardest languages in which to achieve fluency. Partly this is because it has a tremendous array of nuance. Partly it is a result of borrowing and stealing words and expressions from all over the world, meaning that there is plenty of inconsistency in how different nouns and verbs work.
However, one of the big issues with mastering the language of Shakespeare is that it is chock-full of colorful sayings and phrases that you really just have to know in order to understand. Obviously nobody is literally saying that a person's eyes are bigger than their stomach when they are unable to finish the food they put on their plate. No one believes there are necessarily actual double-edged swords involved in a situation that has a benefit as well as a downside. We're clearly not suggesting that when you feel envious, that you truly turn green.
All of these are sayings of various kinds: idioms, proverbs and so on, that help to add flair and provide a linguistic shortcut whereby a speaker can be easily understood. Of course, in order for that to work, the audience has to know what they're on about. Let's see how well you know these phrases. It's time to hit the nail on the head!
How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!