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    A Professional Idiomatic Sunday

    A cheery good Sunday morning to ISCians! Let's increase our knowledge of idioms and proverbs today. Given below is a list of professions. You have to provide a phrase (an idiom or a proverb) which is related to it, in a way that it indicates the profession.

    Examples: (i) GP – An apple a day keeps the doctor away; (ii) Tailor – A stitch in time saves nine.

    What you have to do: Give any one idiom or proverb which can be associated in some way with the profession/business/trade mentioned. It could be some word in it which is related to the profession or the entire idiom/proverb itself indicates it.

    Since members could copy each other's answers, you should not put your list in this thread. Instead, send it to my gmail ID at iscmecontests. Then put in a response here, to let me know you have sent your list. Only one entry per member is allowed.

    There are no prizes since there may be idioms and proverbs which are valid but not necessarily matching the ones I have come up with. However, every valid answer will get 2 points and 2 cc. After closing time, each member's list of answers will be put by me in his/her response to this thread. I will also then put the list I came up with.

    Note: I have thought of the idioms & proverbs associated with professions off the top of my head without researching the Net (except for one). I would like you to do the same, applying your mind and thinking over it. You do not need to give an example or explain the meaning of the idiom or proverb – this the members can do later if there is one which another member enquires about.

    This is meant to be a learning experience, so please participate even if you feel you are unsure or know only a few of them.

    Here's the list:
    1. Cobbler
    2. Dentist
    3. Ophthalmologist
    4. Carpenter
    5. Journalist
    6. Chef
    7. Cardiologist
    8. Pilot
    9. Jeweller
    10. Ornithologist

    Closing time: 16th July 2018, 8a.m. Entries sent to my email after this time will not be eligible for points/cc.
    Update: 16th July 2018. Points and cc have been given for valid idioms/proverbs. You can clarify the idioms/proverbs submitted by other members to learn - but a healthy discussion, please, no spats.

    The idioms/proverbs I came up with are-
    1. Cobbler – the shoe is on the other foot
    2. Dentist – to show one’s teeth; to fight tooth and nail;
    3. Ophthalmologist – an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
    4. Carpenter – to hit the nail on the head
    5. Journalist – the pen is mightier than the sword
    6. Chef – too many cooks spoil the broth
    7. Cardiologist – to have your heart in the right place;
    8. Pilot – to fly in the face of
    9. Jeweller – all that glitters is not gold
    10. Ornithologist – a bird in hand is worth two in a bush; to kill two birds with one stone; early bird gets the worm.
  • #642179
    Can we send more than one e-mail ? Please clarify.
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #642180

    I have clearly stated that only one entry per member is allowed. So, naturally, only one email; and note that only one idiom/proverb per profession should be given (I have put in the word 'one' just now). Do not give multiple idioms/proverbs for each.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #642181
    I have sent my e-mail. Only after sending the mail, I have received this clarification. No problem.
    Entries sent -
    Ornithologist: Birds of the same feather flock together.
    Ornithologist: One bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
    Cobbler: This chair is as comfortable as an old shoe.
    Cobbler: The shoe is on the other foot.

    (2 valid since only one to be sent for each profession)

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #642186
    I have sent my responses. Interesting, and well thought of exercise. Posted my answers without consulting the net, but did check the meaning of one profession.
    Entries sent -
    1. Cobbler - On a shoestring
    2. Dentist - Skin of your teeth
    3. Ophthalmologist - See eye to eye
    4. Carpenter - A bad carpenter blames his tools
    5. Journalist - No news is good news
    6. Chef - Too many cooks spoil the broth
    7. Cardiologist - Have a heart of gold
    8. Pilot - Flight of fancy
    9, Jeweller - All that glitters is not gold
    10. Ornithologist - Birds of a feather flock together

    (all valid)

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #642213
    Mam, sent my entry.
    Entries sent -
    1. Cobbler-
    Proverb/Idiom-Shoemaker, stick to your last
    2. Dentist
    Proverb/Idiom-A dentist gets to the root of the problem (not idiom/proverb)
    3. Ophthalmologist
    Proverb/Idiom-Turn a blind eye
    4. Carpenter
    Proverb/Idiom- A carpenter is known by his chips
    5. Journalist
    Proverb/Idiom-The pen is mightier than the sword
    6. Chef
    Proverb/Idiom-Cook Someone's Goose
    7. Cardiologist
    Proverb/Idiom- nearly gave a heart attack (not an idiom/proverb)
    8. Pilot
    Proverb/Idiom- Get off to a flying start
    9. Jeweller
    Proverb/Idiom-Jewel in the crown
    10. Ornithologist
    Proverb/Idiom- Birds of a feather flock together

    (8 valid)

    Live life Kingsize!

  • #642221
    Just now I have sent my response to the email address mentioned. I request ME to acknowledge the same. A good contest and I tried my best without referring Net.
    Entries sent -
    Cobbler: As we have a shoe we can’t purchase a horse (not understood)
    Dentist: Bite what you can chew only.
    Ophthalmologist: Keep an eye always around to identify the opportunities. (not valid)
    Carpenter: Is it not good to hit on the nail always? (not valid)
    Journalist: We should always read between the lines.
    Chef: Too many cooks spoil the dish. (not the correct idiom)
    Cardiologist: Always better to speak from the bottom of the heart.
    Pilot: Some people tell lies on automatic pilot.(is this an idiom/proverb?)
    Jeweller: All that glitters is not gold.
    Ornithologist: A bird in the hand worth two in the bush
    (5 valid)

    always confident

  • #642248
    I have sent my answers.
    Entries sent -
    1. The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.
    2. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
    3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    4. A bad workman always blames his tools.
    5. Never judge a book by its cover (not associated with a journalist, but a general author)
    6. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
    7. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    8. It’s is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.(not properly associated with pilot specifically)
    9. All that glitters is not gold.
    10. Birds of a feather flock together.
    (8 valid)

  • #642260
    I emailed my entry just now.
    Please acknowledge the receipt.
    Entries sent-
    Cobbler- You can always tell a cobbler by his shoes
    Dental- As scarce as Hen’s teeth
    Ophthalmologist- eyes are bigger than their belly
    Carpenter- a bad carpenter blames his tools
    Journalist- Yellow journalism (not an idiom/proverb - isn't this a general phrase?)
    Chef- too many chefs in the kitchen (not valid)
    Cardiologist- Eat your heart out!
    Pilot- be on automatic pilot (is this an idiom/proverb?)
    Jeweller-the jewel in the crown
    Ornithologist- Kill the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg (not valid as it is not very clearly associated with the profession).
    (8 valid)


    Living & Learning- simultaneous processes!

  • #642289
    Thank you for conducting this little exercise. I absolutely enjoyed taking part in it. Looks like I will need to check the ISC Forum the minute I step out of Chruch Sundays.

    I had to check what Ornithologists do, and when I saw the answer, I went ah, of course, I should have known it; I have seen documentaries on Salim Ali, the Birdman of India and also all those General Knowledge lessons came back.

    "A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino

  • #642290
    I had sent my list to the email yesterday. My report here appears not successful probably due to some net failure or so.( The slot was just after Partha and Juana).My file record says time as 13.22 ;15 th July.Mail time 1.37 p.m
    The following were the answers:
    1. Cobbler- Only the wearer knows where the shoe hurts
    2. Dentist –teething trouble
    3. Ophthalmologist- Short sighted (not valid)
    4. Carpenter- (person having) Chiselled features (not valid)
    5. Journalist- pen is mightier than sword
    6. Chef – The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
    7. Cardiologist- Have a change of heart
    8. Pilot – sky is the limit
    9. Jeweller- All that glitters is not gold
    10. Ornithologist- Birds of same feather flock together

    (8 valid)

  • #642308
    I too submitted my professional idioms, phrases and proverb in time. But could not post a message here as I had difficulty in login.

    Would appreciate if you list my answers here.

    @ This response is posted using my mobile phone. I am unable to login ISC through my laptop held at Bangaluru home.
    Entries sent -
    Cobbler - Let the cobbler stick to his last
    Dentist - The Gods send nuts to those who have no teeth
    Ophthalmologist - See eye to eye
    Carpenter - A bad carpenter blames his tools
    Journalist - No news is a good news
    Chef - Know which side of the bread is buttered
    Cardiologist - From the bottom of my heart
    Pilot - Pilot something into something
    Jeweller - Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
    Ornithologist - Kill the goose that lays golden egg (not valid as it is not very clearly associated with the profession).

    (9 valid)

    No life without Sun

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