Random Phrases, My Day and Creativity


  1. Knuckle Down Meaning: Getting sincere about something; applying oneself seriously to a job.  Two impromptu Ice-breaker speeches – moving towards Goal 1. Did not win prize, got a participation certificate but the pleasure was in audience individuals – rank strangers coming back not just complimenting but quoting me ‘VERBATIM’ and saying, they loved it, they would like to keep in touch, some even said we would like to learn a few things from you. I was humbled. 
  2. Dropping Like Flies Meaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers. I wish it does not happen to humans, pests and insects, viruses and diseases is another matter. What I noticed today is the best Evaluators club of Toastmasters had difficulty in filling the hall with audience and participants for the Marathons the Area Directors are planning to hold across city.  One actually said about ATTRITION of members? That was sad.  It said a lot about the lack of leadership and the Pull and Push of the managing committees.  
  3. Man of Few Words Meaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.  Met an interesting person. He was my speech evaluator. His speciality is being brief and as an extempore impromptu ice breaker speaker who was pushed to speak – I had failed by exceeding the time limit.  He said he will mail his evaluation ! That’s it.  🙂 
  4. Poke Fun At Meaning: Making fun of something or someone; ridicule.  Had this experience. At the end of a dominant communicator speech the speaker did actually did not want any questions. When asked – he asked me to repeat thrice and explain 4 time and I was about to say – “Let’s take this off line as I did not ask this to challenge you but to support your views, just clarifying a point”.  Some Speakers are on their High HOrse ! They feel, they are the only one who can challenge! Anyone asking a question is a lowly minion, dimwit and brainless.  My Professorial hat tells me to answer them – Questions are never stupid – answers are – like mine 🙂 🙂 .  
  5. Hear, Hear Meaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker. I asked the speaker that when a friend is faced with problems – should I make an appreciative enquiry and find what solutions he has in his mind, as he knows the problems best. Second, is my friend looking for an Affirmation that the solution he has found has my tacit support so that he can try it out with heart? I was taken round and round in derogatory circles with a menacing look on the face by a socalled Guinness Award winner and World Speech champion and I felt very sad for him.  What did I do to hurt his Ego? 
  6. On the Same Page Meaning: Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others.  Sometimes, in a gathering when you wish to say that you are in the same boat, same page, thinking alike – it is best to use non-verbal communication like nodding your head to convey Yes, I agree.  
  7. Swinging For the Fences Meaning: Giving something your all.  One more article coming up in a new club Newsletter which was launched today. Felt great.  Meeting new Chamber of commerce and meeting some very interesting and interested people ( atleast on the face of it) I felt great and felt genuinely that there are things I can do to assist and help.  The new Chairman was receptive and said wants to have a one on one Strategy/ vision statement session.  He said he is a Visual thinker like me, that was pleasing. 
  8. Up In Arms Meaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.  But I gave up. I saw on Whatsapp the pictures of a poor girl being honored by a sport shoes company and giving them her name as she could not afford them. i felt sad for someone whose dream was ignited, latent wishes brought to fore in my mentoring but had given up on them with diffidence.  I was angry inside but let go. 
  9. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well. Hmmm… it was a busy day, I could have gone and got my Suits overhauled now that I have lost so much weight and bought a new pair of formal shoes as the formal meetings are moving up but I just changed jackets for two occasions – Reminder to self – GO FIX THIS ASAP. 
  10. Mountain Out of a Molehill Meaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.  I found a senior evaluator indulging in overstatements, exaggerations, over praise, excessive acting skills show and was bit turned off.  Then I met him one on one for about 7 minutes, got his life story out and realised that even at our late age – the need to RECOGNITION is so high that NAME AUR FAME KE LIYE KUCHH BHI KAREGA i.e. I’ll do any thing to get name and fame. I quietly agreed to disagreed and moved on to another person by saying “Sorry, Sir, I do not wish to monopolise you, others also need your kind attention”. Thank you.
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Sunday Random phrases and HyperCreativity.


  1. Jaws of Life Meaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant. I relate this to my struggle with life 4.5 years ago and when in an unconscious state I was in a deep dream and saw the Jaws of Death and me inside a Grave with many people bleeding around me, crying. I then saw the light and remembered the story of Plato’s cave.  It was an experience I would not like to go thru again. 
  2. Hit Below The Belt Meaning: A boxing term. Also often used to refer to inappropriate words, or comments that are too personal. That’s nasty. sometimes though the Brutally honest and politically incorrect feedforward I write are killer words and they hurt.  They do not mean hitting below the belt but infact, they go below the thickest of the skins and cause hurt.
  3. Flea Market Meaning: A type of bazaar where inexpensive goods are sold or bartered. Long time, since I visite such a market. may be one day! may get some story ideas. 
  4. There’s No I in Team Meaning: To not work alone, but rather, together with others in order to achieve a certain goal. When there is an I in a team, there is no one left in the team. Quote by me 🙂 
  5. Wake Up Call Meaning: An occurance of sorts that brings a problem to somebody’s attention and they realize it needs fixing.  Early morning I sent some thought provoking messages to one mentor and a thinker about the Toastmasters. They are great people. Took the point on board for thinking through immediately. 
  6. Jack of All Trades Master of None Meaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them.  Even using Malcolm Gladwell’s 10000 hours advice – I still can’t call myself an expert on many things.  we still need others to acknowledge our expertise. 
  7. Tough It Out Meaning: To remain resillient even in hard times; enduring.  An astrologer recently said, the Saturn phase is going to last till 2020. There were warnings and interesting solutions proposed. Thinking….
  8. Man of Few Words Meaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible. Yesterday, I struggled again ! At Terror / Table topic speech. But the humorous speech contest was wonderful. I quite liked the ‘Jean’-etics story and the Kaamwali Mirabai stories. Great speakers. I need to learn a lot. 
  9. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks Meaning: It can be challenging to teach a person something new. True and I am trying the Pathways project going forward to hone speaking skills.
  10. Tug of War Meaning: It can refer to the popular rope pulling game or it can mean a struggle for authority.  One mentee tried to intervene and get my opinion about an ex mentee. I have no malice. I said if you get along well – who am I to interfere.