Catch Word #82 – Garden-variety

Culips is not your garden-variety podcast! In this episode, we give you fun and interesting idioms to say that something is average and common. You could describe items or places as garden-variety or run-of-the-mill. You could also say that something is a dime a dozen. So when you are talking about something normal and not special, you can make it more interesting by using the expressions in this episode. 

Expressions included in the learning materialsgarden

  • Garden-variety
  • Blue-ray
  • The latest
  • Nothing to write home about
  • Run-of-the-mill
  • Anything and everything
  • Boy meets girl
  • Happily ever after
  • The bunch
  • A dime a dozen
  • Whatta ya wanna
  • Street meat

Sample transcript

Harp: So when something is garden-variety that means that it’s average, there’s nothing special about it.
Maura:  Exactly. So the possible origin of this expression is connected with plants. You might have already guessed that from the name, garden, right? So garden-variety plants are plants that are not rare, not special plants.
Harp: Yeah, they’re plants that you can find in any store that sells plants.
Maura: Right. So this expression probably started when people were talking about plants and calling regular plants that you see in many stores garden-variety.
Harp: Yeah. So if you have to look for a special type of plant that’s hard to find, it’s not garden-variety.
Maura: No, it’s special, it’s rare, and it’s probably expensive.

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