Say what now?

Every language has its idioms or slang - common phrases that make absolutely no sense considering the definitions of the component words.  They can be really confusing, especially to non-native speakers.

But once you get the hang of them, they're quite expressive.  The origins can be interesting as well...

Fat chance vs. slim chance -
Oddly enough, they mean the same thing in that something is incredibly unlikely. Example:  "I'm over 40yo."..."Fat chance" 

Ladies, ladies, ladies...if there's one myth I can dispel, it would be this.  I'm not denying that your chances are decreased due to age...  BUT to give up purely on that one number is just that - giving up.

Mad as a hatter - 
Someone who's mad as a hatter is a person who is completely crazy.  Although not used frequently,  the "Mad Hatter"  is a familiar figure in Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland".  The expression comes from the effects of chronic mercury poisoning commonly experienced by 18th and 19th century hat manufacturers because of the mercurous nitrate in felt hats. 

Mercury is a known toxin, most notably its effects on the nervous system and brain development.  Less commonly known is its harmful effects on fertility.

Know the ropes - 
Someone who “knows the ropes” is experienced at what they are doing. “Showing someone the ropes” means to explain to them how something is done.  Springing from past traditions of sailing, when understanding how to handle the ropes necessary to operate a ship and its sails was an essential skill. By the mid-19th century it was a common slang expression, and is still commonly used.

Someone who knows the ropes to improving fertility naturally is me.  And  I'll share some golden nuggets in my San Diego and Hawaii workshops. Hope to see you there!

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA

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