Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 10, 2012

The Weird and the Wonderful

No more politicians, NH eatery owner says

Taken from:

A New Hampshire restaurant owner says he is so fed up with the flurry of GOP presidential candidates at his Portsmouth eatery that he put up his own 2012 slogan: “No Politicians, No Exceptions.”

For months, politicians, their staff and news media have stormed New Hampshire restaurants during the campaign for the White House.

Seeing no sign of easing until the Jan. 10 presidential primary, Jeremy Colby, owner of Colby’s Breakfast & Lunch, said he had to do something to end the circus inside his small business located near the Massachusetts border.

“There is no forewarning and all of a sudden they come in and we are overrun by cameras and blah, blah and blah,” Colby told “We’re trying to run a business here and this whole meet-and-greet and vote for me deal is very distractive and disruptive, not only to our staff but to our customers. It’s hard and I find it very rude,” he said.

Visits from Texas Governor Rick Perry and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sealed the deal to slap the sign on the door, he said.

“We just had had enough.”

Word of the Day

fore·warn·ing: \fȯr-ˈwȯr-niŋ\
1: a warning given in advance
2: the state of being warned in advance 

More Vocabulary

Circus: n. a public spectacle
Eatery: n. an informal term for restaurant
Easing: n. to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity (note: this is usually a verb, but is used as a gerund here)
Flurry: n. a brief period of commotion or excitement
Overrun: v. to invade and occupy or ravage
Storm: v. to rush about or move impetuously, violently, or angrily

Idioms & Phrases

Meet-and-greet: reception at which a public figure (as a politician or rock star) socializes with press members and other guests

  • I heard that Sara is going to the meet-and-greet with President Chinchilla tomorrow.

Seal the deal: to come to an agreement; determine the terms of an agreement

  • Once Bob agreed to pay me an extra $10, we agreed to seal the deal.

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

 Fed up with: to be tired or frustrated with something or someone

  • I am so fed up with having to work on Saturdays!

Put up: to post

  • Would you please put up that sign on the wall?

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