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January 2012 Newsletter

© Clever Pants 2011

Feeling the chill out? Take off your hat and scarf and come in and put your feet up in front of the fire. It’s time to forget about the icy winter air and enjoy the January newsletter!

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Ken who?
Ken I come in, it’s freezing out here?

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
Buddy Hackett
Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
Jim Carrey
Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.
Steven Wright
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

Idioms - It’s raining cats and dogs...

Every language has its strange and wonderful idioms. In this month’s language feature, we’re going to have a look at some of our favourite animal themed idioms in English.

Idiom: (n) an expression, word or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made.

Raining cats and dogs
If it's raining cats and dogs it's raining very heavily.
"We can't go to the park today because it's raining cats and dogs."

Ants in one's pants
People who have ants in their pants are very restless or excited about something.
"I wish he'd relax. He's got ants in his pants about something today!"

Have a bee in one's bonnet
A person who has a bee in their bonnet has an idea which constantly occupies their thoughts.
"She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York."

Kill two birds with one stone.
If you kill two birds with one stone, you succeed in doing two things at the same time.
"By studying on the train on the way home every week-end, Claire kills two birds with one stone."

 Like a bear with a sore head

If someone is behaving like a bear with a sore head,they are very irritable and bad-tempered.
"When his team lost the match, Brad was like a bear with a sore head."

Like a bull in a china shop

If someone is behaving like a bull in a china shop they are acting without thinking and without tact, upsetting plans and people.
"I wouldn’t invite him to the party - he’s like a bull in a china shop after a glass of wine!”

Cat's whiskers (also: the cat's pyjamas or the bees’knees)

This expression refers to someone who considers themselves to be better than others in a particular area- beauty, competence, intelligence, sport, etc.
"Ever since she got a promotion, she thinks she's the cat's whiskers!"

Recipe: Pea and Ham Soup
A very traditional English favourite, pea and ham soup is a classic that is extraordinarily tasty and sure to warm you through to your bones on these nippy wintry evenings.
Pea and ham soup has literally been popular forever. It gets a mention in Aristophones’ The Birds, and apparently the Romans went nuts for it, and it was sold by street vendors in winter in Ancient Greece!

200g yellow or green split peas, rinsed and drained
1.5 litres water
1 ham bone (from a cooked ham, or stock if you don’t
have a bone handy)
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chopped parsley to serve
Put the peas and water in a large pan, bring to the boil and skim off any scum. Meanwhile, cut off any ham from the bone. Dice and set aside. Add the carrot, onion, leek, bay leaf and bone to the peas. Season, cover, return to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or until the peas are tender. Remove the bone and bay leaf. Purée the soup with a blender. Return to a clean pan, reheat and check the seasoning. Ladle into bowls, garnish with the ham and parsley and serve.

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