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 probably 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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