Some of these phrases will be things that only native English speakers would understand (how “bless your heart” is really an insult), some will be silly observations (the German word for poison is “gift”), and others will be somewhat serious (the allure and subsequent failings of communism). Regardless of all this, these are 25 Misleading Phrases If You Don’t Know Their True Meaning.
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Having your work cut out for you
So you’re saying I don’t have to do any cutting? Somebody already started on it?
It sounds like a punk band.
Note: actually, it is.
Having your wages garnished
So my paycheck comes with decorations?
Alright guys, let’s gather around this friendly fire and share some stories!
They taste like fire!
An outstanding bank balance
So you’re telling me that you’re not complimenting me on my account?
It’s like a windmill…except with puppies.
That sounds good, can I have two of them?
Positive test results
In a medical environment this might be misleading. Positive as in good or positive as in I’m going to die?
The Manhattan Project
It sounds like a cool summer camp for kids.
The Patriot Act
But then again, most bills with flowery names will likely be the opposite of what the flowery name suggests.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
With a name like that, how is that not the freest place on Earth?
For a non-native speaker, “suffrage” is easily confused with “suffering.”
If you are ever in Germany, don’t be mislead. This means “poison.”
This might sound fun without context.
This could sound appealing especially during the winter.
”Bless your heart”
You just got slapped southern style.
On paper, it looks pretty good.
Well, it usually doesn’t, but it definitely sounds good.
Convenience charge (for online purchases)
Sure, I’d love to pay the convenience charge!
Being grown up
To the kids reading this…it is the opposite of what you think it is
Unfortunately, this has very little to do with ovens…or the Dutch.
Multi level marketing
You’ve been warned
The electric chair
So it’s like a battery powered wheelchair?
It sounds amazing, but if you’re holding one it’s probably for a negative reason.
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