Garden-Variety

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Garden VarietyCulips 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.

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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.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

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

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Bill Barber

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  1. chs13278@gmail.com' Chris says:

    Hey , how are you Harp and Maura ?
    This is Chris from Taiwan.
    I love your recording , but there is one mistyping “un of the mill” :)
    thank you for recording :)

  2. Jessie says:

    Hi Chris,

    Oops! Thanks for catching that typo. I’ve fixed it now. Luckily for us, you’ve got eagle eyes!

    ~Jessie, Culips English Podcast