Catch Word #107 – Back to the drawing board

This episode is about expressions used when starting something again. Sometimes when problems arise, we have to go back to the beginning to start again and do better. You might have to go back to the drawing board because a project had some mistakes. Or maybe you have to wipe the slate clean because you had an idea that didn’t work. Listen to this episode all about starting again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes!

Expressions included in the learning materialsdrawingboard

  • To start fresh
  • To go back to the drawing board
  • To double-check
  • To regroup
  • To have a quick look
  • To go back to square one
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Hopsctoch
  • Whaddaya
  • Pfft
  • To wipe the slate clean

Sample transcript

Maura:    Yes. The next expression, which also means that you have to start something again, is to go back to square one.
Harp: Yes, to go back to square one.
Maura: go back to square one means that you have to start something again, also usually because there were some problems or it wasn’t working out the first time, so for some reason you have to begin again.
Harp: Yeah. So to go back to square one . In this expression, square one means the beginning. So when you say to go go back to square one , it means to go back to the beginning.
Maura: Yeah, it makes sense because one is the first number, after all.
Harp: It’s true.
Maura: This actually has a really interesting origin.
Harp: What is it, Maura?
Maura: Well, to go go back to square one is likely from a game…

 


Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast

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