Idioms and food for thought
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An imaginary interview
Journalist : Why did you put the issue of race relations on the back burner?
Journalist: Your electors were disappointed because they believed in you...They thought you were full of beans, that's why they gave you another bite at the cherry. Do you mean you had bigger fish to fry?
President: Not in the least! But changing mentalities is no piece of cake...And as a big cheese, I have a lot on my plate...
Journalist: Now what would you answer if someoneone told you: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" ?
President: That takes the biscuit! I would answer that running a country is no duck soup! My opponents shouldn't count their chickens before they're hatched and my priority is to put a chicken in every pot, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs...
Journalist: Don't make a real meal out of it! By the way, maybe we could go on with this interview in a good restaurant...
Read an article from THE GUARDIAN"All languages are rich in food-related figures of speech, from Swedes 'sliding in on a shrimp sandwich' to Japanese speakers 'eating cold rice'. What are your favourites?"
"The English expression "a piece of cake" has equivalents in other languages: in Swedish you might say it's "lätt som en plätt" – "as easy as pancake", whereas in Polish it could be described as "bułka z masłem" – a roll with butter."
We owe the expression "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" to former president Harry S Truman, and the phrase "pie in the sky" to the trade union leader Joe Hill.
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