New Word #65: Tea And Coffee

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my cup of tea: something one likes or excels. “I see already that storytelling isn’t my cup of tea.”

a storm in a tea cup: a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion.

tempest in a teapot: same meaning as above.

tea party: 1. a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea, cakes, and other light refreshments are served. 2. a US political movement that emerged from a series of conservative protests against the federal government in 2009.

afternoon tea: Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm.

tea and toast syndrome: The ‘tea and toast syndrome’ refers to malnutrition in seniors due to their lack of desire or inability to prepare and/or eat proper meals, relying instead on simple fare such as tea and toast.

tea ceremony: an elaborate Japanese ritual of serving and drinking tea, as an expression of Zen Buddhist philosophy.

read the tea leaves: to look at the tea leaves in the bottom of a cup for a sign of what will happen in the future.


wake up and smell the coffee: (informal•North American) become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant.

coffee talk: Informal conversation among friends or acquaintances, of the kind that occurs in a casual gathering where people sit together and drink coffee.

coffee table book: a large, expensive, lavishly illustrated book, especially one intended only for casual reading. When I first encountered coffee table books, I didn’t know what they mean. I was quite serious at reading them and to my surprise, they were not as interesting as I thought despite the beautiful pictures.


piece of cake: something easily done

You can’t have your cake and eat it: You cannot simultaneously retain your cake and eat it

tea cake or coffee cake: It’s said that a tea cake doesn’t have tea in it and a coffee cake doesn’t have coffee in it. They are just regular cakes, I guess.

cakewalk: (informal) an absurdly or surprisingly easy task.

nutty as a fruitcake: mad or crazy

sell like hot cake: something that sells very quickly.

cakes and ale: Simple material pleasures; fun or lively enjoyment in general. The phrase first appeared in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

the frosting (icing, cherry) on the cake: something that makes an already good situation even better.

25 thoughts on “New Word #65: Tea And Coffee

  1. Great post! I love, love, love tea time … always a must when I’m in England. Those lovely scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, those little cakes and sandwiches … can’t wait to go back … giving me the idea to prepare high tea for myself at home one of these weekends … coffee and cake? Preferably “Häferlkaffee” (coffee with lots of milk) and Austrian cakes, of course 😉

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    1. Wow, you make my mouth watering. Yes, go back there and post some photos of your high tea. I am wondering what the difference is between cakes in England and cakes in Austria, but it makes me hungry.

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      1. It was a a popular book from about 50 years ago allegedly written by a couple of flight attendants about bizarre and racy incidents in their line of work. In reality it was ghost written by a professional writer. The title became a catch phrase for awhile.

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        1. I googled it and it is said to be an uninhibited memoir of two airline stewardesses. It seems to imply that tea and coffee cause the uninhibited behavior. Hmmmm, I am wondering…


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