Spooky Halloween Idioms

Jac-o-lanternHappy Halloween!

I’ve been writing about some spooky idioms over at Grammar Girl, and now’s the perfect time to share.

Here are a few:

24 “Dead” Idioms

Dead has been in the English language since the time of Beowulf. It’s also a very popular entry in the dictionary. In fact, the OED lists 31 distinct meanings for dead. It’s no wonder there are so many idioms for this word.

4+ “Skeleton” Idioms

English has a surprising number of skeleton idioms. And these are just a few: skeleton in the closet; skeleton key; and skeleton gig.

In Cold Blood

While the idiom in cold blood isn’t directly related to Halloween, its meaning is still creepy. The term was first coined by Shakespeare in the 1500s, but was made famous by Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood.

This post was written by Samantha Enslen, who runs Dragonfly Editorial.

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