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Common English sayings

The following 18 sentences are all complicated ways of saying common English sayings - can you decipher them?

(Answers follow)

1. Male cadavers are incapable of rendering any testimony.

2. Neophyte's serendipity.

3. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of small, green, biophytic plant.

4. Members of an avian species of identical plumage tend to congregate.

5. Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity.

6. Freedom from incrustations of grime is contiguous to rectitude.

7. It is fruitless to become lachrymose of precipitately decanted lacteal fluid.

8. Eschew the implement of correction and vitiate the scion.

9. The stylus is more potent than the rapier.

10. It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.

11. Surveillance should precede saltation.

12. Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific! Fain would I fathom your nature specific!

13. The person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimal cachinnation.

14. Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interludes of hedonistic diversion renders Jack a hebetudinous fellow.

15. Individuals who make their abodes in vitreous edifices would be well advised to refrain from
catapulting petrious projectiles.

16. Where there are visible vapors having their provenance in ignited carbonaceous materials, there is conflagration.

17. All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly resplendent.

18. Sorting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.


1. Dead men tell no tales.

2. Beginner's luck

3. A rolling stone gathers no moss.

4. Birds of a feather flock together.

5. Beauty is only skin-deep.

6. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

7. Don't cry over spilled milk.

8. Spare the rod and spoil the child.

9. The pen is mightier than the sword.

10. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

11. Look before you leap.

12. Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are!

13. One who laughs last, laughs best.

14. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

15. Those who live glass houses should cast no stones.

16. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

17. All that glitters is not gold.

18. Beggars can't be choosers.


  1. Anonymous9:43 am

    Beggars can't be choosers.- Elizabeth Bennet says it to her sister Jane in the film by Davies :)


  2. Hi! Very true. I often say that as I look at new cars or new houses or new clothes. LOL

  3. I love your site, words are one of my favorite things, my favorite word is BOOK, whats yours?

  4. Blimey. No, that's not my favourite word, just now you are making me think.

    I love books, but the word - not so much. I love saying the word bug, but I think my favourite word now is a German one - "naja" - it means yes and no and it's soooo useful. There is no real equivalent in English.

    Thanks for the nice compliment. :-)

  5. how do you keep coming up/finding such cool things.

    by chance do you use StumbleUpon?

    I doubt you do, because if you did, you would have no free time left to amass such cool and humorous things!

    coincidentally, StumbleUpon is how I found your blog.

    keep up the great work!

  6. Well I'm very grateful to StumbleUpon, but no I'm afraid this is the first time I've heard of it. Blush.

    I get sent these by people from all over the world. I run an English learning web site and can't use everything I'm sent on the site, but I like to keep the good stuff.

    Thanks for all the lovely comments. :-)

  7. I always like to think that the following (2) sayings are true, as they make sense to me. Has anyone got the actual correct sayings...?

    Full as a butcher's pup.
    Fit as a robber's dog.

  8. If you like the German word "naja," I'm sure you also appreciate the German word "jein," which means the same thing.

    For me, my favorite English words are seldom used but useful as well as short. I also approve of any 'th' sound usage. Two that work well are: dearth and pith.

  9. Yes, I love jein.

    I find fifth and sixth are good too.

  10. Anonymous10:00 pm

    I love this post! One valuable resource on English sayings I found is:

    I have fun especially reading the Irish ones.


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