IDIOMANIA PODCAST

Beatlemania was a portmanteau, or blend, word coined in the 1960s to describe the state of excitement (mania) felt by a group of hardcore fans about their favourite band (The Beatles). Here at LOS we are so enthusiastic about teaching English idioms that we have created our own blend word, based on the one inspired by The Fab Four, to headline our new audio programme; Idiomania. Each week or so, we will record an episode which highlights an everyday concept or setting, and then explore some of the common idioms and proverbs (and antonyms) surrounding that scenario. So don’t be frightened to try us out. Or should I say ‘fortune favours the brave’; or ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’; or…I’ll stop now, before my idiomania gets out of control! Or ‘out of hand’; or ‘runs riot’… Help me!

EPISODES
PREVIEW
BUY LESSON

Episode 37: Maxims

  • Waste not, want not
  • Every dog has its day
  • Better safe than sorry
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained
maxims

Episode 36: Trust

  • My word is my bond.
  • There’s no side to him/her.
  • To be bent as a nine-bob note
  • I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him.

Read Martin’s blog 

Trust

Episode 35: Animals Part 2

  • It shouldn’t happen to a dog.
  • You pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
  • You’re having a giraffe!
  • You look like the cat that got the cream.
WorkingwithAnimals1

Episode 34: Cutting a Dash

  • Grief-stricken
  • Star-crossed
  • Face-saving
  • A go-getter

Read Rory’s blog

Hyphens

Episode 33: The Rule of Law

  • Signed, sealed and delivered.
  • The jury’s out.
  • The law is an ass.
  • A bigwig
LegalAcronyms

Episode 32: The Paranormal

  • Twilight Zone
  • To let the genie out of the bottle
  • To open Pandora’s Box
  • A bogeyman
MythicalCreatures

Episode 31: Friends

  • To have someone’s back
  • To be all ears
  • Chin up!
  • Written in blood
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Episode 30: The New Normal 

  • To roll with the punches
  • To get into the swim of things
  • To take to something like a duck to water
  • An Achilles heel

Read Martin’s blog

virtually-perfect

Episode 29: Binomials 

  • To give or take
  • Head and shoulders
  • Bits and bobs
  • To and fro
Binomials-Lesson

Episode 28: Fortune-Telling 

  • A crystal ball
  • On the cards
  • To have a hunch about something
  • How long is a string?
The-Perfect-Prediction

Episode 27: Bizspeak

  • To take a rain check on something
  • To give someone a heads-up
  • A water-cooler conversation
  • Gobbledygook

Read Gabriel’s blog 

Bizspeak

Episode 26: Oxymorons

  • Organized chaos
  • Same difference
  • A working holiday
  • Deafening silence
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Episode 25: For Better Or Worse? 

  • As fit as a fiddle
  • To throw a sickie
  • To be green around the gills
  • A taste of one’s own medicine
MedicalAcronyms

Episode 24: Have We Got News For You!

  • Bad news travels fast.
  • No news is good news.
  • That’s news to me!
  • A bearer of bad news
  • A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.

Read Gabriel’s blog 

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Episode 23: Crime

  • To be caught with his/her hands in the till
  • A highway robbery
  • An open-and-shut case
  • To set a thief to catch a thief
CrimeAcronyms

Episode 22: Loneliness

  • To plough one’s own furrow
  • A lone wolf
  • To wallow in self-pity
  • To snap out of something
  • To be comfortable in one’s own skin
  • To retreat into one’s shell
Sole-Searching-Lesson

Episode 21: Spontaneity

  • On the hoof
  • Off the cuff
  • To think on your feet
  • Off the top of your head
SmallTalk2

Episode 20: Errors & Failure

  • To come a cropper
  • To take something on the chin
  • To go belly up
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Read Gabriel’s blog

Error-Correction

Episode 19: Leisure Activities

  • A hobby horse
  • Out of the woods
  • To have a foot in both camps
  • To lead someone up the garden path

Read Martin’s blog

CampingAdventuresLesson

Episode 18: Workaholism

  • To keep your head above water
  • To put your nose to the grindstone
  • To work your fingers to the bone
  • To slog your guts out for something
Workaholism

Episode 17: Job Responsibility

  • The bottom line
  • Up to scratch
  • At the coalface
  • A jobsworth
JobDescriptionLesson

Episode 16: Ball Games

  • A political football
  • To keep your eye on the ball
  • To drop the ball
  • A whole new ball game
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Episode 15: Humour

  • Gallows humour
  • Schoolboy humour
  • Cringe humour
  • Toilet humour
Humour

Episode 14: What’s in a Name?

  • Gordon Bennett
  • Pete Tong
  • Even Stevens
  • Smart Alec

Read Rory’s blog

WhatsinaName

Episode 13: Animals Part 1

  • A spider’s web of something
  • To be blind as a bat
  • To cry wolf
  • Has the cat got your tongue?
AnimalIdioms

Episode 12: Effective Communication

  • To talk over/at/to someone,
  • To be on the same wavelength
  • To get your wires crossed
  • At cross purposes

Read Gabriel’s blog

NuancedPresentations

Episode 11: Christmas

  • Turkeys voting for Christmas
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
  • Good things come in small packages.
  • Christmas has come early!
  • An early Christmas present

Episode 10: Charisma

  • To be all mouth and trousers
  • Fur coat and no knickers
  • All that glisters is not gold.
  • A snake-oil salesman
FollowMyLeader

Episode 9: Disagreement

  • To have a bone to pick with someone
  • To rock the boat
  • To play devil’s advocate
  • To nail one’s colours to the mast
LetsAgreetoDisagree

Episode 8: End Product

  • To need a kick up the arse or an arm around the shoulder
  • To put one’s back into it
  • To get/pull one’s finger out
  • To breathe down someone’s neck
FlyingHigh

Episode 7: Routine Check

  • To nip something in the bud
  • To turn over a new leaf
  • To get one’s act together
  • To pull one’s socks up

Read Martin’s blog

Habits

Episode 6: Lifelong Learning & CPD

  • To be a little rusty
  • Behind the times
  • To brush up on something
  • To learn/know the ropes

Read Rory’s blog

CPD

Episode 5: Happiness

  • To be on cloud nine
  • To have a whale of a time
  • As sick as a parrot
  • Gutted
OvertheMoon

Episode 4: What’s Your Version?

  • She/he wouldn’t say boo to a goose.
  • A wallflower
  • To be the life and soul of the party
  • Not to be backward in coming forward
WhatsYourVersion

Episode 3: Travel

  • A globetrotter
  • To broaden one’s mind
  • Emmotional baggage
  • Heavy-lifting

Read Marianne’s blog

OntheMove

Episode 2: Talent

  • A natural 
  • First-rate vs. second-rate
  • Second to none
  • Not to be cut out for something
Talent

Episode 1: Procrastination

  • To drag one’s heels
  • To dilly-dally
  • A stitch in time saves nine
  • To kick the can down the road

Read Rory’s blog

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