But it doesn’t make sense!

Whether you’re just starting out, or have been learning English for a while, you’ll have realised that some things just don’t make sense.


“We’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”

“Which way is it? I don’t know the way to the drawing board, in fact I didn’t even know we had one!”

“Don’t panic, It just means that something in the process has gone wrong and you’ll have to go back to the planning stage. You don’t even have to get up.”

 “We need to cut some corners.”

“Do I need scissors? Or a knife? And where are these corners anyway?”

“No you don’t. No you don’t. There are aren’t any actual corners. This means to do things the cheapest, easiest, or most basic way.”

“The CEO is pulling the plug.”

“Is the CEO getting out of the bath? Or unplugging my phone charger?”

“Don’t worry in either case – particularly the rather scary first one – this simply means the CEO is stopping a project.”

“We’re going to corner the market.”

“Well, this is an odd one. Are we going to drive around the edge of the fruit and vegetable market? Obviously not. Cornering the market actually means dominating a market and driving out the competition.”

“What can you bring to the table?”

“What’s this? What do they want? Sandwiches and coffee? That’s not my job!”

“Quite right too. If you’re asked what you can bring to the table, it means, ‘what do you have to offer?’ A skill perhaps. Or a suggestion.”

“It’s time to step up to the plate.”

“Lunchtime. Hooray!”

“Sadly not. It’s time to take responsibility and perform an important task.” 

“She’s a real high-flyer.”

“Does she have a pilot’s licence? A trampoline? Although with a trampoline you don’t fly high for very long. If someone’s a high-flyer they are very successful in their career and great things are expected of them.”


Those were few simple examples, and there are a lot more. But don’t despair, because Mr B can help you.



Money makes the World go around

A quick guide to a few slang terms for English money:
£1 A quid
£5 A fiver
£10 A tenner (trust me, it gets more interesting)
£20 A score
£25 A pony
£50 A bullseye
£100 A ton
£300 A carpet

£500 A monkey
£1000 A grand
£2000 An Archer

British banknotes – money

It means more than one thing?

Did you know that although English people will use the word ‘cheers’ to say both thank you and goodbye, it originated as a term to be used when drinking a toast.

In German – Prost

In Italian – Cin cin

Or in Chinese – 干杯