A little box of questions
that spark big conversations
The little yellow box with 150 conversation starters using idiomatic expressions like “raining cats and dogs.” Also great for ESL. Ages 8 and up. Move your cursor over the card samples below.
Who among your friends is most likely to get your goat?
Name a true blue friend.
What might make you get up on the wrong side of the bed?
to get your
Meaning: to make someone angry or upset; to annoy.
Origin: In the early 1900s, horse trainers would reportedly put a goat in the stall with a high-strung race horse as a way to calm the horse. Opponents would sometimes steal the goat at night (get one’s goat) as a way to make the race horse upset and ultimately lose the race.
Meaning: Loyal; faithful.
Origin: In Coventry, England in the late middle ages a certain blue dye was used to color cloth. This color did not fade when it was washed. It remained fast or true and the phrase “as true as Coventry blue” began.
get up on the wrong side of the bed
Meaning: to be grouchy or irritable.
Origin: This expression may have come from the Ancient Romans who thought it was bad luck to put your left foot down first when getting out of bed.
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