In 2017 and 2018, we made a fortnightly appearance on 2SER Breakfast to talk all things idiom with then-host Nic Healey. Catch upon our past appearances here:

March 7, 2018 – The Expressionists Spill the Tea
Popping a bex in your cuppa was a practice of many housewives in the 60s, coining the phrase ‘a cup of tea, a bex, and a lie down.’ The humble cup of tea reached legend status upon the Rolling Stones releasing their song ‘Mother’s Little Helper’, pointing to a bex in the brew.

February 21, 2018 – Insulting idioms
From ‘flaming galahs’ to ‘cabbage-looking’, find out about the history and meaning of some of the most creative and intriguing ways to insult someone.

February 7, 2018 – Nice night for a walk
We invited Nic and his listeners along for a stroll through the backstreets of walking idioms, learning about the connection between ambulation and chalk, and pondering the nuances of the phrase “all walks of life”.

January 25, 2018 – The language of… soccer? 
Back in the 2SER studio, Helen caught Nic up on our first episode for 2018, in which we kicked-off this World Cup year with an instalment on soccer idioms, made with James from the By Association podcast. And Olivia talked about our next, extra special episode, out on January 26, which features interviews with two experts on Australia’s fascinating indigenous languages.

December 20, 2017 – Best of 2017 
With 2017 on its last legs, we dropped in for an end-of-year recap with Nic Healey, reminiscing about our favourite idiom discoveries from throughout the year.

December 6, 2017 – Silly season 
The silly season is well and truly upon us and so we got into the festive spirit with idioms relating to end of year festivities. We’re talking proof in the pudding, cold turkey and, surprisingly, cucumbers!

November 22, 2017 – Shark week
A recent study across 190 countries found more than 5,000 idiomatic phrases for periods. Why can’t we just say menstruating? We chatted with brekky host Nic Healey all about it and revealed the origin of shark week and the red curse.

November 8, 2017 – Shits and Giggles
World Toilet day is fast approaching and so we sat down with Nic Healy to talk shit about idioms involving the ‘powder room’. Nic was very obliging when we left him up shit creek without a paddle, explaining we weren’t going to get through this segment without a fair bit of foul language.

October 25, 2017 Horseplay
With the race that stops the nation – the Melbourne Cup – coming up, we reflected on just how many horse-related idioms there are in the English languages, and shared some of our favourites, such as “long in the tooth”, “you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” and “back the wrong horse”.

June 22, 2017 A piece of cake
Who doesn’t love cake for breakfast? We revealed the origin of ‘take the cake’ – a story that’s not so sweet.