American Cultural Literacy: “Blind leading the blind”

“Blind leading the blind” Definition: An expression applied to leaders who know as little as their followers and are therefore likely to lead them astray Example Sentence: In matters of science and technology, politicians are often like the blind leading the blind. Advertisements Continue reading American Cultural Literacy: “Blind leading the blind”

American Cultural Literacy: “White elephant”

“White elephant” Definition: A valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. Example sentence: I didn’t realize getting a puppy for my birthday would be such a white elephant; taking care of it is getting so expensive. Continue reading American Cultural Literacy: “White elephant”

American Cultural Literacy: “Extend the olive branch”

“Extend the olive branch” Definition: An olive branch symbolizes peace, so to “extend the olive branch” means to offer a truce, make a peace offering or otherwise show your intent to put an end to a dispute. Example sentence: After weeks of arguments, Judy decided to extend the olive branch of reconciliation to her sister. Continue reading American Cultural Literacy: “Extend the olive branch”

American Cultural Literacy: “Run the gauntlet”

“Run the gauntlet” Definition: Based on the old-fashioned military punishment of a soldier by forcing him to run between two lines of men who hit him as he goes by them, to “run the gauntlet” means to experience severe criticism or great difficulties, or having to move by a line or group of people trying to get your attention. Example sentence: In addition to taking the MCAT, … Continue reading American Cultural Literacy: “Run the gauntlet”

American Cultural Literacy: “Pull someone’s leg”

“Pull someone’s leg” Definition: Kidding around with someone. Example Sentence: “Hey, Al. I was invited to be a judge for the Miss America Beauty Pageant!” “Oh, really? Come on, you’re pulling my leg!” “No, honestly. Do you really think that I’m trying to fool you with a ridiculous story?” Continue reading American Cultural Literacy: “Pull someone’s leg”