By: Teresa Mull
Guns are a huge part of American culture, right down to the way we speak. Have you ever noticed how many words and expressions we use that are firearm related?
Here’s a quick list we came up with (and definitions from Dicitonary.com). Comment below if you can think of more!
safe from failure; without errors or shortcomings and beyond criticism
Lock, stock, and barrel:
including everything; completely.
A big shot:
an important or influential person.
With guns blazing:
used figuratively with respect to forceful effort
Dodged a bullet:
to have a narrow escape; to avoid injury, disaster, or some other undesirable situation.
to have an intense emotional or physical reaction, such as a panic attack, after encountering a trigger
Take a shot (at something):
try to do something; to attempt to do something
Stick to your guns:
refuse to compromise or change, despite criticism
Bite the bullet:
decide to do something difficult or unpleasant that one has been putting off or hesitating over
Teresa Mull ([email protected]) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.