Tuesday, December 06, 2011

cliché: know the ropes

Meaning: knowledge or experience (example 1, example 2, example 3)

Rewrite 1: know the knots
Rewrite 2: know the sea
Rewrite 3: know the roll of the ship
Rewrite 4: know when to duck, jump, and swerve
Rewrite 5: aware of the holes, lifts, and falls
Rewrite 6: know every branch on the tree

Comment: The origins of this idiom are acknowledged to be from the sea, but there are two ways to look at it: know the rigging or know how to get around on it in various sea weather. I try to suit both.

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Livia Quinn said...

Glad youre back posting. You always have a fresh take on old phrases.

Booksville Bookclub said...

Thank you for the comments, Livia.

So much depends on my workload and being able to pick a suitable cliche. For a while, I couldn't find inspiration. But when I read your blog, I suddenly found the motivation to return. Thanks again!