It wouldn’t do for us all to be the same!
is a comment I have heard many times. This is the first in a series of posts about phrases describing people.
Flibbertigibbet is a lovely word, describing a flighty person. Other attributes are also included in the dictionary definition.
A perfectionist is someone who wants their work to be perfect. It is good to aim high, but life’s too short!
My dear girl is an expression, which I find extremely patronising.
An old dear is a term of affection.
A good sort is someone with a pleasant personality – the salt of the earth.
A chip off the old block is someone who is just like one of their parents. The imagery is from chopping wood.
Hoity-toity usually means haughty.
Fuddy-duddy is old-fashioned.
A stick-in the-mud is resistant to change.
A creature of habit indicates regularity and routine.
A rough diamond is not very refined. (Diamonds have to be cut to sparkle.)
A rough diamond Photo credit Wikipedia
She’s a bookworm – always reading.
A character is someone larger than life. (If someone requires a character, they probably mean a character reference.)
A dogsbody has to do a lot of work.
A master of ceremonies presides over speeches or a variety show.
Master of all he surveys describes a landed gentleman. In this context survey means to look out on.
As common as muck is not a polite expression.
Prim and proper describes buttoned-up dress and behaviour.
High and mighty ought to apply to God, but is used for people who seem to have got a bit above themselves. Isaiah 57:15