The natural world has always been a source of inspiration. From technological advancements to  new modes of expression, there are countless ways the natural world has helped influence culture and society. So it should come as no surprise that we often pepper our conversations with expressions and idioms related to the world around us. To make things a little interesting, I’ve paired up some common nature idioms with some gifs. Let’s take a look.

1. To beat around the bush

To talk about lots of unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important.

Let’s see it in use:

   A: What did you think of Elsa’s boyfriend?

   B: Well..umm..he was ok but I think he was..

   A: Don’t beat around the bush.

   B: I didn’t really like him.

2. To have a green thumb

The ability to make plants grow.

Let’s drop in on a conversation:

A: I can never keep my plants alive. They always die.

B: You must not have a green thumb like your mom.

A: I think I’ll just buy a cactus. Those are hard to kill.

3. A late bloomer

A person who matures, achieves proficiency in some field or skill, etc. later than such a person is normally expected to.

Let’s see it in use:

A: Did you know that Julia Child was 49 years old when her 1st cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was published.

B: Wow! I didn’t know she was such a late bloomer.

4. The grass is always greener on the other side

People are never satisfied with their own situation; they always think others have it better.

Here’s  how a typical conversation might go:

A: I wish I could take vacations every month like they do

B: The grass is always greener..

5. Water under the bridge

Water under the bridge refers to past events, especially fights or disagreement, that are forgiven, forgotten, or otherwise no longer considered important.

Here’s it in use:

A: I’m so sorry for yelling at you in the restaurant.

B: No worries. It’s water under the bridge  

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