Saturday, September 16, 2000
W O R D  P O W E R

Letís go fishing

A cold fish: An unfriendly or an emotionless person.

Betty is a cold fish and has absolutely no feelings of compassion for her ailing mother.

Thereís something fishy: Sensing insincerity in a situation.

Henry has suddenly disappeared from his house, I think there is something fishy going on there.

A big fish: Someone big and important.

Diana is a big fish in her company.

It is good fishing in troubled waters: Itís easy to take advantage of people when they are in trouble.


Mr Mehta purchased his relativeís disputed property at a very low price. It is good fishing in troubled waters.

To live in a fishbowl: To live a life without any privacy.

Most superstars live in a fish bowl.

Like shooting fish in a barrel: Something easy to do or achieve.

I had no trouble learning to drive. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.

Have other fish to fry: To have other matters to attend to.

I canít spend any more time on your project. I have other fish to fry.


Word reshuffle
Example: Make angle into a messenger of God ó angel

1. Make regal into bright unpleasant light.

2. Make finder into someone you love to be with.

3. Make cheater into someone who instructs you.

4. Make racing into someone concerned.

5. Make repair into a thin sword with two edges.

6. Make viewer into reconsider.

7. Make terrace into someone who arranges for food.

8. Make lose into one and only one.

9. Make steal into minimum.

10. Make resist into a sibling.

Looking back

The idiom "a fish story" means any story that has been exaggerated. This has come from the fact that fishermen often told exaggerated tales, especially when they described the size of the fish that they claimed to have almost caught.


Years back in England, fish was considered the best food for monks and other religious folk. Meat was meant for the common people and the cheap kind of fish called herring for the poor. That led to the expression "neither fish, flesh, nor good red herring." This was used for something that was not suitable for any class of people.

Over the years the expression also included fowl and it became "neither fish, flesh, fowl, nor good red herring". This was then shortened to "neither fish nor fowl". Now this idiom refers to something that cannot be classified or identified.


Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that in every cloud is an angelís face.

ó Jerome

Score card

Glare, friend, teacher, caring, rapier, review, caterer, sole, least, sister.

ó Ill Vij