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Idiomatic and proverbial language gives us some of our most colorful phrases and most familiar wisdom. An idiom is a figure of speech that often makes no sense when taken literally; you can be in a pickle if you don't understand them! Meanwhile, a proverb is a common saying that expresses some piece of folk wisdom.

Come try our quizzes on English idioms and proverbs from around the world! After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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61 Things My Grandma Says
My Grandma, and probably yours as well, has a treasure trove of sayings handed down over the generations. Many have become universal.
10 Q
Apr 13 11
1389 plays
62 Idiomatic Language
When people express themselves in idiomatic language,they use 'traditional phrasings' that have a fixed form and a meaning that goes beyond the strict literal sense of the words. See which "standing expressions" suit the contexts given below.
10 Q
Sep 14 03
7149 plays
63 Well, DO You Know Jack?
Each saying, word, or idiom in this quiz contains the word "Jack" or "jack." This is in honor of my new kitten, Jack Rabbit Raymer. He was born on May 5, 2002 (Cinco de Mayo).
15 Q
Nov 10 02
5136 plays
64 Weird Words & Phrases
Have you ever been told something that makes it hard to "keep a stiff upper lip" (not cry) or a "straight face" (not laugh)? Weird words and expressions make the best insults, compliments, and jokes. And some common words come from surprising places.
10 Q
Apr 21 12
1410 plays
65 Twas a Cold, Cold Day
This is my first quiz. Try getting Mr. Grumps warm by answering all questions correctly. All the idioms used contain the word cold.
Very Easy
10 Q
Feb 27 14
822 plays
66 Has Elvis Left the Building?
American English is filled with idioms and peculiar expressions. All of these contain a person's name. Good luck!
10 Q
Oct 15 13
897 plays
67 Food and Drink in Idioms
Food and drink are such common realities that they of course play a major role in daily idiom. This quiz deals with idiomatic language that refers to those basic 'ingredients' of life. This quiz has a British English slant.
10 Q
Jan 23 02
6561 plays
68 Where Does That Phrase Come From?
Most people have heard the phrase describing the finality of death "where are the snows of yesteryear?" But where does the phrase come from? This quiz explores the origins of popular and famous phrases.
10 Q
Apr 09 13
873 plays
69 Why Did I Say That?
There are many idioms and phrases we use every day without fully understanding their initial meaning or origin. Do this quiz and you will be able to answer the question, 'Why did I say that?'
10 Q
Sep 03 11
1356 plays
70 Finish My Proverb
Here is a list of ten proverbs for you to complete - and the history or origin behind most of them. Have fun.
10 Q
Nov 09 10
1608 plays
71 Idioms in the Funeral Trade
Every profession has its own idioms and sayings. These expressions are used in the funeral industry. I'll tell you the expression, and you tell me what it translates to, for those of us not in the trade!
10 Q
Mar 30 04
3618 plays
72 Three- Step Idioms And Phrasings
For reasons that are not fully understandable we like to hear things in resounding wave patterns. In particular, three-step rhythmic patterns have always been popular with the great 'communicators'. Check how well acquainted you are with such phrasings.
10 Q
Jan 29 02
5202 plays
73 Five Golden Rings
I was surprised to learn that the 'Five Golden Rings' in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" were actually ring-necked pheasants. It got me thinking about other uses of the word 'ring'. How many do you know?
10 Q
Jan 09 13
1035 plays
74 A Wing and a Prayer
English is rich in idioms and sayings. Some of these are centuries old. Follow me on my walk through some of these.
10 Q
Apr 07 14
483 plays
75 With Love from Me to You
The English language has scores of phrases that make reference to love. Do you know what each of these 'love' phrases means?
10 Q
Jul 19 06
4809 plays
76 All About Fall
This is a quiz for the first day of fall this year. In the United States, people mostly say "fall," not "autumn." This quiz, like my previous heart quiz, looks at the word "fall" in a variety of ways. I hope you enjoy seeing various ways to say "fall."
15 Q
Sep 24 09
1623 plays
77 Left By the Whey-Side
Dr. Linguisti is an English professor. His students love him, but he always mixes up his sayings. Just the other day, Dr. Linguisti said "left by the whey side" instead of "fall by the wayside!" Can you help his students figure out the correct idioms?
10 Q
Nov 02 13
588 plays
78 Buying The Farm
Welcome to the FunTrivia farm, where you are a prospective buyer. The problem is that you have a tendency to use too many idioms in everyday speech, and the farmer will take everything you say literally. Good luck with buying the farm!
10 Q
May 26 14
645 plays
79 In a Manner of Speaking
These cliches and idioms are used very frequently - but do you actually know what they mean?
Very Easy
10 Q
Sep 13 09
1518 plays
80 Don't Be Such an Idiom!
Don't be such an idiom! In the English world, there are so many English idioms that one like you may not exactly understand. Don't be fooled by what they seem to mean, or you'll be in hot water! What? You don't know what that means? *facepalm*
Very Easy
10 Q
Jan 18 13
1311 plays
81 Which Idiom Did I Use at the Party?
I went to a party and overheard several conversations that guests were having. I'll tell you the things I heard, and you tell me the idiom I used in response to their conversations! Good luck!
Very Easy
10 Q
Nov 01 10
1338 plays
82 Let's Talk Musical Sayings
You don't need to be musical or have any musical knowledge to do this quiz. These are everyday sayings that include a reference to something musical. Can you complete them?
10 Q
Aug 06 13
1473 plays
83 There's a Saying About That
Some of the wisest advice comes from proverbs, although some proverbs contradict one another. How well do you know these proverbs?
10 Q
May 26 13
1464 plays
84 A Prayer in the Hand...
... is worth two in the bush, isn't it? Well not quite - my Ascension Quest challenge is now challenging you to figure out the word in these sayings that has been replaced by the word 'prayer'.
Very Easy
10 Q
Jul 02 13
741 plays
85 The Dark Is Light Enough
This quiz is part of the "Adventures in Authoring" challenge. All of the questions refer to common idioms or phrases with the words "dark" or "black" in them.
Very Easy
10 Q
Apr 20 13
846 plays
86 The Lemon Squeezy Pie That Fell Off a Log!
Will you find this quiz easy? If so, how many ways do you know of saying so? It will be a breeze!
10 Q
May 26 14
471 plays
87 "Help Me! I'm Stuck!"
The word "Stuck" can be used in a wide number of situations to give different meanings. See if you can guess which of the definitions I have given below is the most correct usage out of the choices given (UK speak). I hope you will find this easy.
Very Easy
10 Q
Aug 26 09
1719 plays
88 Pass It On
This quiz will look at common words and phrases that contain the word pass. Will you have what it takes to get a passing grade?
10 Q
May 06 13
897 plays
89 And the Moral of the Story Is...
Ever read a story and wonder why it has been written? A lot of stories have a way of teaching us lessons of life!
Very Easy
10 Q
Aug 25 10
1680 plays
90 It's Better Left Unsaid
I will give you a phrase using the word *left* and you give me its nearest meaning.
10 Q
Apr 10 14
1065 plays
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