28 April, 2015

Straight Up

Language never ceases to amaze me.  And I love to learn new phrases and idioms.  I heard this today at work:

A: What time is it?
B: Eleven straight up.
A: OK, thanks bud.

I'm sitting at my workstation looking for my cell phone to check the time and wondering if I've ever heard this expression before. So it's eleven o'clock... Well a new phrase for me. 
I don't think I had ever paid attention to the time being expressed this way. I can assure you that on the many books I used to learn/teach English (as a second/foreign language), this was never taught as an option for telling time.  I right away wrote it on a post-it so I would remember it.

I got home and told my husband that I had heard a new phrase. Of course he knew it, but he knows I get excited to discover and learn new idiomatic expressions. So if the minute hand on a clock is "straight up" at twelve, instead of saying it is (number) o'clock, you could say it is (number) straight up.  Now I just need to find a good situation to use it and put it in practice.


22 April, 2015

More Books

So it is the eve of April 23rd, St. George Day.  Today is World Book Day in many parts of the world.
The date was originally chosen in Spain to remember Miguel de Cervantes --of Don Quixote fame-- who died on this date. The UNESCO chose this date because it is also the anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and many other notable writers and authors.

So here is part two of the books I've read in 2015.

Lady Justice and the Vet by  Robert Thornhill
A Dead Red Alibi by R. P. Dahlke
Rope Enough by Oliver Tidy
Scavenger Hunt by Larry Buckingham

The Thirteenth Room by Adam Croft
Cold lake by Jeff Carson
A Long Time Dead by Andrew Barrett
Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

 I came across this photo posted in a photographer's blog. I invite you to read his post on on San Jorge, (it's in Spanish).


Click here for part one of the books that I've read in 2015.