Sep 29

“Sure, I can show you how. But I haven’t done this in a while, so I’m a little rusty.” 「いいよ、やり方を教えてあげる。でも久しぶりだからちょっと腕が落ちているかもしれないな。」


If you don’t use or take care of a metal tool for a long time, it might get rusty. So when we haven’t used a certain skill for a long time, we call it rusty, too. “I was good at Spanish in high school, but I haven’t practiced much since then, so my Spanish is a little rusty.”

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Sep 22

“When they were little, John and his cousin were thick as thieves.” 「小さいころはジョンと従弟は泥棒みたいに仲が良かった。」


When two people are “thick as thieves”, they have a close relationship and keep each other’s secrets. They aren’t really thieves, although they might get into some mischief together. But they cooperate and work together just like partners in crime who are loyal to each other.

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Sep 15

“It’s not a black-and-white issue. Normally lying is wrong, of course, but in this situation it’s kind of a gray area.” 「白黒つけられません。もちろん嘘は良くないがこの場合はグレー



It’s usually easy to tell black from white. We say something that’s easy to judge is black-and-white. If it’s hard to judge, though, it may be a shade of gray. For example, it’s easy to say that it’s wrong to steal your neighbor’s new bicycle because you want it for yourself. But if you steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family, that’s more of a gray area.

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Sep 08

“The cake is for Susan’s birthday, but keep it under your hat. We’re throwing a surprise party.” 「このケーキはスーザンの誕生日のために用意したんだけど秘密にしててね。サプライズパーティーをやるんだ。」


To keep something under your hat is to keep it a secret. If someone tells you a secret, you can’t let anybody else know! Keep the information under your hat where no one can see it. This phrase is very old, but some people think it comes from medieval archers who kept bowstrings under their hats.

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Sep 01

“Me, go to the prom with Jeff? That’ll be the day!” 「私がジェフと一緒にダンスパーティー?まさかね!」

“Anne says she wants to move to Alaska.” 「アンはアラスカに引っ越したいって。」

“That’ll be the day! She hates winter.” 「まさか!彼女は冬が大の苦手なのに。」

「絶対にそうはならない」と表現したい時、That’ll be the dayというフレーズを使います。その日は永遠に来ません。disbelief や skepticismなどの表現に似ています。元はオーストラリアかニュージーランドからきたフレーズだそうです。

We say “that’ll be the day” when we believe something will never happen. That day will never come. It’s similar to another phrase used to express disbelief or skepticism, “I’d like to see that!” The phrase originally came from Australia or New Zealand.

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