Is your heart in your mouth?               

Is your heart in your mouth? Have you done a Devon Loch or is Bob your uncle?

I’m not talking Greek! These are some fun idioms that every culture has and passes on from generation to generation.

An idiom is an everyday figure of speech or symbolic expression whose meaning cannot be taken literary. Idioms often go against the logical “rules of language and grammar” yet they are commonly used by native speakers.

If you look closely at the literal meaning of most idioms, you will realize they are often absolutely hilarious.

Why is it so important to learn English idioms? Imagine you are visiting an English speaking country and you went to a coffee shop. It’s loud, but you can still manage to hear what people are saying. All of a sudden you hear “Sure, I will go meet him when pigs fly!” and you’ll start scratching your head and wonder “Can pigs actually fly in this part of the world?”
Not at all, this is often a sarcastic idiom commonly used among friends. However, if you don’t understand common idioms, it will be hard to truly communicate like a native speaker.

Have you ever done a Devon Loch though? If you’ve ever played sports then I think at some point you must have.

In 1956 during the Grand National race in the UK, a racehorse called Devon Lock collapsed right before reaching the winning line.

If someone does a Devon Loch, they suddenly fail when everybody expects them to succeed or simply crumble at the very last minute when they were almost winning.

So, try not to do a Devon Loch, or have your heart in your mouth (feeling anxious or frightened). Instead remember Bob’s your uncle (It’s as simple as that/you got it) and be cool as a cucumber (stay calm and composed)

Watch this short video of Devon Loch: