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Bodily expressions I: Hair, heads and brains


If the mere mention of body parts makes you squeamish, you might want to avoid reading Glossophilia over the next few days. We’ve gathered all the phrases and idioms we can possibly think of that make use of bodily parts in all their glory — and divided them into ten broad categories* descending from head to toe (and then some …). We’ve left out one- and two-word euphemistic adjectives and tried to avoid expressions that refer too literally to our actual limbs, organs or orifices (yes, you were warned); what follows are phrases that tend towards the metaphorical and poetic, even though some can also be taken more literally. Continue reading