Apple-Polishers: Idioms Using Nouns

A number of useful adages employ nouns. Here are some examples:

  • Albatross: a constant, heavy burden (from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”)
  • Apple of discord: cause of dispute (from the golden apple tossed by Eris, goddess of discord, that initiated events leading to the Trojan War)
  • Sour grapes: criticism of something that is desirable and unattainable (from Aesop’s fable about a fox who couldn’t reach a cluster of grapes)
  • Scapegoat: an individual who wrongly bears the blame of others (from the Old Testament referring to a goat who symbolically carried the sins of the people to the wilderness)