Spring is here and with the freshly blooming daffodils and tulips comes a couple of English phrases that we can finally use!
Did you know that the season gained its name from the verb ‘to spring’ that describes the blooming of flowers during the months following winter? It’s true.
Traditionally, and in many English-speaking countries, this season hosts a few Christian holidays; celebrating the rebirth of Jesus Christ. However, it is also a sign of new beginnings, and the changing of the seasons.
So, if you’re looking to change up some of your vocabulary for some new phrases to use this season, here are five common English expressions to use this Spring:
1. “No spring chicken”
Being a “spring chicken” can refer to the youth of someone. For example, a young girl could be a spring chicken. Therefore, being “no spring chicken” refers to someone being older.
A common way to use this is when talking about an older woman by saying “she is no spring chicken”.
2. “April showers bring May flowers”
This phrase refers to the heavy showers in April that make the flowers bloom in May. This phrase is often used to remind people that good can still come from the bad.
A common use of this phrase is when someone is feeling sad or stressed about an experience, you might say “Well, just remember that April showers bring May flowers”.
3. “Spring cleaning”
The phrase “spring cleaning” refers to cleaning out one’s house, closet, electronics and overall belongings. This phrase is particularly common across North America, although you might find it used quite a lot amongst other English-speaking countries.
A common use of this phrase would be “I’m going to spring clean my house this weekend”.
4. “Full of the joys of spring”
Being “full of the joys of spring” means to be happy and lively. It can often refer to the change of seasons where the days become longer, the sun is out more, and people feel a little bit happier.
A common use of this phrase is to say “he is full of the joys of spring” meaning that he is outwardly happy.
5. “Spring fever”
The “Spring fever”, similar to the last phrase, refers to the behaviour and mood change someone experiences with the introduction of Spring. It is often a phrase to sum up those happier feelings, more energy and joyfulness.
On the other hand, some use it as a way of expressing low mood related to Spring, such as depression and lethargy.
A common way of using this is “she is experiencing some Spring fever”.
It’s important to remember that this phrase is mostly used in a casual sense, rather than a medical sense. It is not an actual fever.
So, now you have a fresh list of Spring phrases to get you sounding more like a native.
Challenge yourself to see if you can get at least one of these phrases into a conversation before Spring turns to Summer!
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