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 Seven: M & N


People who “mince words”, never say quite what they mean. They hint or allude to something, but never come right out and say it. If one is asked not to mince words, their listener is requesting a simple, direct, statement of fact. Many [most?] politicians are well known for mincing words.



Saying that someone’s “not playing with a full deck” is a euphemistic (word mincing) way of calling them crazy.

“Hey, LeRoy, did ya hear ’bout Joe Bob?”
“No, Elroy, I didn’t. What happened to Joe Bob?”
“Dern fool dropped a lit match in his gas tank.”
“Gee criminy! What’n tarnation did he go an do that for?”
“He wanted to see how much gas he had left.”
“I always knew that ol’ boy weren’t playin’ with a full deck.”
“Yep, an now he’s got even fewer cards then he had before.”


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!