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"I got the tree down, dear."
Tags:christmas, christmas tree, christmas trees, christmas time, christmas decoration, christmas decorations, taking down the decorations, 12 days of christmas, incompetent, incompetence, chainsaw, chainsaws, hyper masculine, hyper masculinity, idiots, idiots, stupid, stupidity, lazy, laziness, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, following orders, following instructions
"Hey, Al! What do you know about shelf life?"
Tags:shelf life, shelf lives, double meaning, double meanings, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, stock shelves, stocking shelves, expiration, expiration date, expiration dates, expiry, expiries, dance, dances, dancing, dancing, miniature, miniatures, store, stores, shop, shops, retail store, retail stores, retailer, retailers, grocery store, grocery stores, supermarket, supermarkets
"Till now I always thought of the gravy train as a good thing."
"I'd give my right arm to play the violin like you do, Mr. Bolenska."
Tags:violin, violins, violinist, violinists, orchestra, orchestras, envy, envies, envious, enviousness, classical, classical music, musician, musicians, amputees, amputate, amputates, wish, wishes, wishing, jealous, jealousy, admire, admires, admiring, admiration, right arm, right arms, expression, expressions, literal, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, fan, fans, fan girl, fan girls
"Gentlemen, inventory is building up at an alarming rate."
"I feel a recession coming."
Tags:earthquake, earthquakes, recession, recessions, stock market, stock markets, stock, stocks, market trend, markets trends, market crash, market crashes, literal translation, literal translations, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, literally, literal, market roller coaster, market roller coasters, economy, economist, economists, financial advisor, financial advisors, stock broker, stock brokers
"You asked if I could type blood."
Tags:blood, typing, blood type, blood types, doctor, doctors, hospital, hospitals, md, mds, gp, gps, general practitioner, general practitioner, clinic, clinics, misunderstanding, misunderstandings, literal thinker, literal thinkers, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, computer, computers, spelling, spellings
"The fact that you've rolled up your sleeves since our last talk has been noted, Parminger. However, there's still something I'd like to discuss with you."
Tags:roll up your sleeves, rolling up your sleeves, faux pas, fashion faux pas, fashion no-no, fashion dos, fashion don'ts, metaphor, metaphors, metaphorical, pep talk, pep talks, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, misinterpret, misinterpretation, misinterpretations, motivate, motivates, motivating, manager, managers, management
"And let's see our presentation team those numbers by ... !"
Tags:run the numbers, running the numbers, ran the numbers, runs the numbers, account, accounts, accountants, play on words, literal interpretation, take literally, presentation, presentations, presentation team, presentation teams, present, presents, presenting, presented, office, offices, meeting, meetings, wrong interpretation, wrong interpretations, misunderstood, misunderstanding, misunderstands, misunderstand
"Confound it, Hawkins, when I said I meant that literally, that was just a ﬁgure of speech."
Tags:executives, executive, business executives, business executive, business executives, manager, managers, boss, bosses, business manager, business managers, misunderstand, misunderstanding, misinterpret, misinterpretation, figure of speech, figures of speech, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, unreasonable, expectation, expectations, let down, let downs, let-downs, let-down, ambiguous, ambiguity
"Yessir, after they made him, they broke the mold!"
Tags:break the mold, breaks the mold, breaking the mold, leg, legs, freak, freaks, freak show, freak shows, geek, geeks, carnival geek, carnival geeks, dance, dances, dancing, dancer, dancers, limbs, literal, literally, expression, expressions, figurative, literal interpretation, literal interpretations
"Hey, I just got a burst of consumer confidence- let's go buy something."
Tags:consumer confidence, consumer, consumers, consumerism, shopping, shopper, shoppers, economics, economic policy, fiscal policy, spending, over spend, over-spend, over spending, spending habits, the public, consumer behaviour, consumer behaviours, economy, the economy, thriving economy, over simplification, over-simplification, literal interpretation, literal interpretation
"I think we should see other people."
"But it says 'no cover'."
Keats's heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains his sense.
Tags:ode to a nightingale, keats, john keats, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, poet, poets, poem, poems, watcher of the skies, watching the skies, pain, pains, numbness, numb, heart, heart problem, heart problems, heart trouble, heart troubles, drowsy, checkup, checkups, doctor's office, doctor's office, patient, patients, english teacher, english teachers, literature, english literature, english lit, lit major, lit majors
"Go home to you wife." "You go home to her."
Tags:bartender, bartenders, bar-tending, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, obedient, obedience, customer service, good service, good customer service, bad customer, bad customers, drowning you sorrows, couple, couples, husband and wife, husbands and wives, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationship, long-term relationships, bad relationship, bad relationships, marital fight, marital fights, domestic, domestics, domestic argument, domestic arguments, spousal dispute, spousal disputes
"Thanks for walking a mile in my shoe but it's beginning to hurt now."
Tags:empathy, empathise, empathize, empathising, empathizing, sympathy, sympathetic, sympathise, sympathize, a mile in my shoe, shoe, shoes, footwear, interpretation, interpretations, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, literal minded, literal mindedness, three legged race, three legged races, discomfort, uncomfortable, impractical, impracticality, expression, expressions, saying, sayings, idiom, idioms
"You mean to say you haven't even put your face on yet?"
Tags:makeup, make-up, put your face on, putting your face on, put on makeup, putting on makeup, figure of speech, figures of speech, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, late, lateness, tardy, tardiness, alien, aliens, monster, monsters, killer, killers, disguise, disguises, disguised, put on your face, putting on your face, dawdle, dawdles, dawdling, delay, delays, delaying
"The National Basketball Association is here to see you, sir."
"For God's sake, … I naturally, assumed when I told you to dot the 'i's' you would also cross the 'T's,' "
Tags:employee, employees, bad employee, bad employees, incompetent, incompetence, dot the i, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, hopeless, hopelessness, oblivious, obliviousness, handwriting, bad handwriting, report, reports, writing reports, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, frustration, frustrations, frustrating
"As soon as one problem is solved, another rears its ugly head."
Tags:executive, executives, business executive, business executives, manager, managers, business managers, business managers, problem, problems, obstacle, obstacles, expression, expressions, idiom, idioms, complain, complaining, modern life, recession, the recession, problem solving, literal interpretation
"This artist is a deeply religious feminist and anti-smoking advocate, who made a lot of money in the computer industry before going off to paint in Paris, where she now lives with her husband and two little girls."
"Well, we're alfresco. Now what?"
"So it's true...bears do shit in the woods."
"So, how's the slag heap treating you?"
Tags:slag heap, the slag heaps, slag heaps, fired, firing, getting fired, canned, can, canning, getting canned, getting the sack, sacking, sacked, laid off, laid-off, lay off, lay-off, lay offs, lay-offs, reject, rejects, rejection, rejections, redundancy, made redundant, redundancies, downsizing, unemployed, unemployment, spoil tip, spoil tips, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, mining, miner, miners, dying industry, dying industries