A Thousand Words In idioms: U and V


Jientje at Heaven Is In Belgium hosts A  Thousand Words In Idioms wherein she asks participants to illustrate an idiom with a photo, going through the alphabet two at a time. Today we looking for idioms beginning with U and V.


Under the Weather

In America being “under the weather” means feeling sick or unwell. In this picture from several years ago, Jesse is guarding against being affected by the literal weather, the falling snow.


Venting One’s Spleen

I didn’t happen to have a picture of anyone’s spleen. 🙂 But this is a picture of a heating/air conditioning vent, which lets air through, which in some ways is what “venting” is. The spleen was once thought to be the seat of emotions, and, according to the Word Detective:

“Vent” comes ultimately from the Latin “ventus,” meaning “wind,” and as a verb means “to emit or discharge from a confined space,” as a fan “vents” cooking fumes from a kitchen. The “vent” in “vent one’s spleen” is a metaphorical use of the verb that arose in the 17th century meaning “to relieve or unburden one’s heart or soul,” a sense we still use today (”Don’t mind me, I’m just venting”).


6 thoughts on “A Thousand Words In idioms: U and V

  1. Woot…love the idioms and the pictures are great. That snow picture is awesome. Barbara just wanted to let you know that video you didn’t watch didn’t have foul language in it. It was two monkeys on top of a car that was going through a park or something and the male decides to get a little frisky…it’s pretty funny if ya want to go back and see it. But I thought the warning was appropriate. 🙂 Aloha my friend

  2. Those are great idioms. I would have had a hard time with U and V!

    Venting conjures up a gale force wind in my mind — but then, I’m Italian. 😉

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