Friday the 24th of November, 2017
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Friday the 24th of November, 2017
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Hello everyone!

Today is our last day of Animal Idioms. We are learning the expression TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS

Definition: To deal with a difficult or dangerous situation, without hesitation. 

Example 1: No one wanted to run the meeting, so I took the bull by the horns and began telling everyone what to do. 

Example 2: It's time that I take the bull by the horns in my job and start making more decisions about our clients and accounts. 

We also say, "GRAB the bull by the horns."

This expression probably originated from the American West and was used by cowboys to talk about their work. You can learn more about its origin at the following link.

We hope you enjoyed these useful (business-related) idioms with animals.

Next week, we focus on ways to end a business email or letter.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday the 23th of November, 2017
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Good morning to our readers!

Did you know that it's Thanksgiving in the United States today? (Thanksgiving in Canada was on Monday, October 8th.) We chose an appropriate Animal Idiom for today: TO TALK TURKEY

Definition: To talk business; to talk honestly and directly. 

Example 1: We started the meeting by talking about his family, and then we talked turkey

Example 2: So, let's talk turkey. What is your company willing to offer us for this sale?

We thought that since we eat turkey at Thanksgiving that this would be an appropriate time to learn this idiom.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

At Ziggurat we are thankful for you, our readers, and the chance to communicate and practice English with you.

Have a great day!

Wednesday the 22th of November, 2017
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Welcome back everyone and happy Wednesday to you.

Are you ready for today's Animal Idiom? Today's idiom is RAT RACE

Definition: an endless, pointless pursuit of something (usually in business or work). 

Example 1: He wasn't interested in the rat race of Wall Street, so he became a yoga teacher on a small island. 

Example 2: People are tired of the rat race, but they don't know how to get out of this lifestyle. 

We use the term because it reminds us of rats running through a laboratory maze to get a piece of cheese, or on a circular treadmill where they get nowhere. The image makes us think of people running and competing with each other (for something small). 

That's all for this lesson. I hope you're not feeling like you're in a rat race at your job. If you do feel that way, remember, there is always a way out.

Have a great day!

Tuesday the 21th of November, 2017
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Hello everyone and thank you for taking some time out of your day to read the Daily Vitamin.

This week we are studying Animal Idioms. Yesterday we looked at HOLD YOUR HORSES; today's expression is NEST EGG, which is related to animals since birds make nests (and lay eggs). A NEST is what birds build as a home for their EGGS.

Definition: money that has been saved for a special purpose. 

Example 1: I have a nest egg for my first home. 

Example 2: My parents have a nest egg saved for my children's college fees.

That's all for today. As always, thanks for reading!

Have an excellent day.

Monday the 20th of November, 2017
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Good morning everyone. How are you doing today? I hope you are all doing well. 

This week we are going to look at some common Animal Idioms. We originally looked at expression with animals in January and June of 2007. If you search for "animal expressions" in the Daily Vitamin section on our website, you can find them.

Anyway, today we begin the week with the expression HOLD YOUR HORSES

Definition: Wait; slow down. 

Example 1: Hold your horses. We can't begin writing our presentation until we complete all of the research. 

Example 2: Why are you waiting by the door? Hold your horses, I'm not ready to go yet!

That's all for today. Tomorrow we will look at another animal-related expression: NEST EGG.

See you then!