What (Not) to Say About Thoughts, and Monty Python

Today you’ll learn idioms about thinking you shouldn’t use, and better vocabulary to talk about thoughts.

This week, Honest Members are learning about historical pop culture events involving Bill Murray, Janet Jackson, and the Super Bowl that are still talked about today, plus phrases natives use to talk about these events. I’ve updated the Members Lessons!

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You know what idiom is kind of annoying?

‘Penny for your thoughts’.

It is way overused and cliche at this point. Still you might hear natives use this phrase sometimes to ask each other what they’re thinking about. It’s actually from the 1500’s, and originated in England. source

Another cliche idiom you’ll still hear, but is way overused, is ‘put your thinking cap on’. It sounds childish!

Thinking Vocabulary

Think out loud- brainstorming

Spitballing- brainstorming

Ponder- think about, usually deeply

Conceive- to come up with a plan; the more common meaning, though, is to become pregnant

Reckon- think

This, though, I only hear sometimes in British English, or really deep Southern accents in America.

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Use today’s vocabulary and tell me what you’re thinking about.

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Pop Culture R&R

I recently re-watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which came out in 1975. It’s about, as you can guess, a group of men in search of the Holy Grail. It’s surreal, ridiculous and extremely clever all at the same time.

Monty Python was the name of a British comedy troupe that began in the 1960’s, doing sketch comedy on their own show called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I used to watch this a lot as a teenager.

The reason I’m talking about them is most of the members either went to Oxford University or Cambridge University!

Holy Grail is one of the most quoted comedy movies. Two you might hear in daily conversation are “It’s just a flesh wound,” and “Run away!” (Clips are below!)

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It’s just a flesh wound:

Run away: