and all that.
People tend to take their metaphors from their favourite sport, which could make the communication rather difficult to follow for outsiders.
An author calls baseball "the quintessential shibboleth of my culture".
Which is probably why I never got to base one with understanding the book.
We should probably try to remember that the Russian ladies do not play much baseball, or cricket for that matter.
And some idioms are better avoided.
Just a thought.
Agree, it would be the same if a girl would mention phrases from old Soviet films, phrases which are great, but very hard to understand for a person who didn't see them...and who is from another culture...like one "if the doctor is not hungry the patient feels better":))) it's from an old film, which mostly people adore here..."the Formula of Love"...and there are many many more of such examples!!:)
But let us not put the cart before the horse - as a 'peasant' would say.
It is very difficult to totally avoid using metaphors!!
And metaphors are not the only problem. Local expressions are another.
Which idiotdetector would probably agree to, coming from the land where they eat Pavlovas.
-You can actually walk into a shop and ask for a 'dressed Pavlova'.
good if such things put lead in ya pencil. Lisen hoen, I agree that you should not use these expressions but who would on this occassion. I hope people here have enougth brains to use plain english which has been discussed before, very basic, very plain