English Corner(April)

By: Windy Pang, PhD student, Department of English, FAH │ ISSUE 89 May 2019 My UM

Egg and Bunny Idioms for Easter
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday which is observed around the world. Similar to the Lunar New Year, the date of Easter varies from year to year; it is usually marked on the first Sunday after the astronomical full moon. Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are two popular symbols in the modern celebration of Easter. Eggs are seen as a symbol of new life, while the bunny is a gift-giving character. Here are some idioms related to eggs and the rabbit:

1.to put all your eggs in one basket – to risk everything in one venture.
Example: When investing in the stock market, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should diversify your portfolio.

2.a chicken-and-egg situation – a situation where it’s impossible to determine which of two things existed first and which caused the other.
Example: Sadly, this is a classic chicken-and-egg situation: you get to demonstrate the value of your plan only if it’s being implemented.

3.You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs – In order to produce something new, you need to give up something else
Example: We may make a lot of money if we raise our prices, but we will upset a lot of our customers; regretfully, we cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.

4.to pull a rabbit out of the hat – to do something surprising (like magicians do when they perform a magic trick)
Example: The teacher pulled a rabbit out of the hat by not failing the students who missed the final assignment.

5.happy bunny – to describe a happy, optimistic person
Example: I’m always smiling no matter what happens. I guess I’m just a happy bunny.

6.to go down the rabbit hole – to go into a situation that is particularly strange or difficult.
Example: To be a start-up entrepreneur requires extraordinary hard work. Are you sure you’re ready to go down the rabbit hole?

Contributions to this column are from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities