Think you know your quirky English expressions? The English language has one of the largest vocabularies of any language, meaning that there is more than plenty of room for things to get interesting. From metaphors and similes to puns, English lends itself to a lot of creative phrases. Quite simply, English leaves a lot of room to play.
The language is full of sayings, phrases, and axioms that complete all sorts of functions. Some teach a lesson and others provide colorful ways for us to express emotions and opinions. There are many phrases that have been in use for decades or centuries and have been knocking around for so long that no one quite knows how they started. Some of these things have even changed meaning over time, and the average English speaker has no idea what they used to mean.
Many of English's expressions use animals to get their points across. These can be as common as household pets and as exotic as the creatures that dwell in faraway jungles. English has a place for them all, big and small! If you are a savvy English speaker with a love of animals, see if you can bark your way through this whimsical quiz!
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