Ways to Say I Love You…

…without saying “I love you.”


Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing a few ways in which you can let someone know that they mean a lot to you. “I love you” is a good standard, but sometimes it’s nice to be a little more original. Or perhaps you’re not quite at the “I love you” stage yet in your relationship. Regardless, hopefully you find at least one way to communicate your feelings to your special someone. 🙂

  • I’m into you.

We say “I’m into you” to indicate that we like someone and find them attractive or interesting. You should use this phrase with someone that you see as more than a friend. 😉

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The Jury’s Out

We’re commencing the weekend with a useful idiom: the jury’s (still) out. 

For starters, what’s a jury?


A jury is a group of people that is chosen to make a decision in a legal case.

When we say “the jury’s still out,” we mean that people are still debating a topic. A decision or consensus has not yet been reached. Below are a few examples:

  • “Who gave the best performance at the Grammy Awards? The jury’s still out on that one.”

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If Push Comes to Shove

If push comes to shove. I heard Gustavo Fring say this phrase on an episode of Breaking Bad.

If it came out of Gus’ mouth, it must be one tough idiom. 😛


We say “if push comes to shove” to indicate what our backup plan would be if a situation gets bad. It wouldn’t be an ideal solution, but it’s something that can be done if the circumstances necessitate it. Continue reading

The Dialect Quiz

The New York Times has come out with a dialect quiz based mainly on questions used in the Harvard Dialect Survey.

At the end of the quiz, you can see your own personal dialect map. It will indicate both the cities that best reflect your answers and those that least reflect your answers.

Here are my most similar cities:


How accurate is this quiz? Irving wasn’t a surprise because I was born and raised in Texas. My native Houston didn’t make it into the top three, but that area is still a dark red color on my dialect map.

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Favorite Christmas Songs


Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas is almost here! I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs to help spread the holiday cheer.

Our first Xmas song is an impressive a cappella version of “Carol of the Bells.”

This next song is a classic from Nat King Cole. An analysis of the lyrics can be done to discuss holiday traditions. Continue reading

Pig Out

This Friday’s phrasal verb is related to what a lot of us are probably doing this holiday season…


“To pig out” means to eat too much.


  • I pigged out on chocolate cake last night, and now I feel sick to my stomach.”
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