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Jientje’s 1000 Words Photo Challenge

Jientje, our mistress of fun, has cooked up a wonderful photo challenge, and this is what she has to say about it:

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the colourful language my grandmother used.  She had such a way with words, she had her own funny ways to describe things and that memory still makes me smile. As long as people have been around, they have tried to communicate with each other. As a means of getting the message across as clearly as possible, idioms and sayings have found their way into our language.

Now, because a picture paints a thousand words, I thought it would be nice to make this a new photo challenge. The idea is to pick an idiom, or a saying, ( even slang is allowed) and illustrate it with a picture. Each week we’ll cover two letters of the alphabet, okay?

If  “language is the dress of thoughts” ( Johnson), then idioms must the wardrobe …

And so we continue ….

Week Two: C & D

Cutting Edge

If something is said to be “on the cutting edge” it is the latest, greatest, most modern or most sophisticated item of it’s kind on the market, be it actual goods (especially automotive or electronic), or bold new ideas, or advances in modern science.  Usually something “on the cutting edge” is breaking new ground (like the cutting edge of a plow).

Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched

“Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched” is a warning against acting prematurely and is often used when someone speaks of spending money they’ve not yet earned.   This phrase is also used when someone makes plans on an outcome as yet undecided, like planning a victory parade before the battle is even engaged.


If you liked this, you can see what the other players have come up with by stopping by Jientje’s, Heaven is in Belgium, and clicking on the links. If you really liked this, grab your camera and play along! Jientje is one heck of a hostess and a good time will be had by all!


  1. Ooooohhh, giggles!!! I love how you marked the eggs, too funny!!!
    You know those are great ! This is such a fun way (and a very EFFICIENT way at that) to learn and to memorize them!! I know now I’ll never forget the ones I’ve seen pictures of, and they make me understand better where they come from!! This is SO MUCH FUN!!! I love it!! Thanks so much for playing along, you’re great at this!

    Jientje’s last blog post..A Thousand Words In Idioms, #2 C and D

    1. Jientje — I couldn’t think of any other way to “count” them! I wanted the image to be memorable, and I am prone to humor, so numbered eggs was the result.

  2. Great shots, great idioms!! I was rather at the blushing edge last Monday 😉 … love the counted white eggs. I have never seen white eggs in Spain, I suppose that particular breed of hen doesn’t like the warm weather or they are all in Hawaii.

    I always get a “cURL error 7:” although CommentLuv loves me on other blogs…

    1. We have white and brown eggs — and lots of chickens lay white eggs. I bought the white so the numbers would show up well.

  3. ROFL!!! I almost did don’t count your eggs! And with a very similar idea… But I’ve always thought that picture of Dennis looked “sad” and I didn’t have a reason to use it until now… He really wasn’t sad… just very relaxed. But it looks sad… ANYWAY – I LOVE your eggs! And Cutting Edge was good too! Way to go!

    Melli’s last blog post..IDIOM Wednesday… Catching Up! … and stuff.

    1. I thought Dennis looked more contemplative than sad, but then, I don’t know him.

      Do you know how hard it is to keep an egg dry long enough to marker on it in this climate? The dang things kept sweating!

  4. nice findings ! like the numbered eggs ! Following your order I jumped in ! I also have a proverb with eggs, lol !

    Gattina’s last blog post..

    1. Gattina — I visited your Idioms last night and left a comment. I saw — or rather didn’t see — all your eggs in one basket.

  5. Just for fun I went back in your archives and before I got back to April 20th I had 8 comments with twenty days to go. I demand a recount.

    Dr. John’s last blog post..Secret Award

    1. Pft — you don’t need a recount. Thiose are May’s comments. You just need me to change the title!

  6. This was fun!! I enjoyed it very much!!

    I don’t know if I’m going to be able to post a 3WT tomorrow. I’ve had some issues with some settings on my computer which kept me busy all night. f I’m very inspired tomorrow, I still might go for it, but now, I’m just tired and I GOTZ NUTTIN! Ewww!

    Jientje’s last blog post..A Thousand Words In Idioms, #2 C and D

    1. No pressure! Skip a week. Your loyal fans won’t mind — much. 😉

      But hey, we love you so we’ll forgive you!

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