Idiom of the Week

Ides of March

 


Meaning:  March 15th; the middle of March; an old Roman festival; best known as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. It now means a day when something bad may happen and people should be careful.

For example:

  • Caesar: I hear a tongue shriller than all the music,                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cry “Caesar!” Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

           Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.

                                                                –Julius Caesar, Act 1, scene 2, 15-17

          

  • Joe: Do you want to go out to my friend’s party

                   tonight?

          Brutus: No way! It’s the Ides of March. I’m going to stay home

                        where it’s safe!


  • Caesar: The ides of March have come.

          Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar; but not gone.

Pop Quiz:

What will some people do on March 15th?
  1. Celebrate the festival for the Roman god, Mars
  2. Be extra careful and lookout for any ‘bad signs’
  3. Celebrate the death of Julius Caesar

Click below to read the answer

2, be extra careful and lookout for any ‘bad signs’. People are wary something terrible may happen to them.

Now, try to find a way to use this idiom in your conversation today…and beware the Ides of March!

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5 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week

  1. Ally says:

    I choose 2, be extra careful lookout for any ‘bas signs’. People are wary something terrible may happen to them.

  2. JoeS says:

    The ides of March isn’t a reason not to go out and enjoy this beautiful weather

  3. sze wong says:

    Sze wong says: I think this is only superstitious.

  4. Mansha says:

    I don’t believe that.

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