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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To be wild about (something)

Idiom: To be wild about

Meaning: To have a strong, almost uncontrollable, liking to someone or something. 

Context #1 – Someone has fallen in love.

Matt: Leslie, I have something to confess. 
Leslie: Okay, what is it?
Matt: Well, we’ve been spending a lot of time together these days, and well, what I’m trying to say is I’m kind of wild about you.
Leslie: Oh Matt, I feel exactly the same way.  I can’t stop thinking about you all the time.
Matt:  Really?  I’m so happy to hear that because I feel that way too.  I really like you and just want to spend all my time with you.

Context #2 – Talking about baseball between friends.

Don: I love baseball season.  There’s nothing better than a good ballgame.
Summer: I know.  Every year you say the same thing.  Why are you so wild about baseball?
Don: Everyone I know likes baseball.  I’ve been watching and playing baseball since I can remember.  The games, the players, the food, the atmosphere can make your entire day fantastic.  I’m more than wild about it, baseball is life.
Summer: I guess I can’t argue with that.  Besides, baseball has become popular in many countries now. 

Meaning: The idiom “wild about” means to like something very much.  Being wild about something means you can like something to an extreme, for a brief or extended time. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Like wildfire

Idiom: Like wildfire

Meaning: Spreading, growing or gaining popularity in an accelerated way; Quickly gaining attention. 

Context #1 – A new song was released by a very popular music artist.

Joc: Hey Clay, did you hear the new McPac-Man song? 
Clayton: No, why?
Joc: Dude, seriously?  It’s been spreading like wildfire.  It’s become so popular across the world, so quickly, that the president wants to meet him.
Clayton: No way!  That popular?
Larry:  Yeah!  They say it will be the track of the century.

Context #2 – The most popular kids in school started dating.

Jay: Manny started dating Jinkee.
Alice: I heard! OMG
Jay: Wow, I guess everybody knows.
Alice: I guess so.  Seems the news has been spreading like wildfire.
Jay:  Yeah, even our other campuses know about this romance.
Alice: Wow, it really is like wildfire
Jay: With social media, you can’t keep anything a secret for long.

Meaning: The idiom “like wildfire” means that information about something positive/negative has spread so quickly that it’s almost impossible to stop.  Spreading like wildfire means gaining popularity at a pace most people didn’t imagine possible.  The news become almost impossible to control.