This week’s lesson in the textbook included discussion about showing emotions by facial expressions and body language. There was a section about idioms related to emotions, with the body part missing. One sentence was ‘I have a test on Friday. I’ve got butterflies in my _’. One student suggested ‘head’, which makes sense: test > studying > not remembering because my thoughts are flitting round like butterflies. Another student suggested ‘heart’. I like the idea of ‘I get butterflies in my heart whenever I see you’.
After class I searched the internet. Other people have already used those phrases, though they are far from being common – Google Ngrams doesn’t record either. There are images for both phrases.
People use the phrase ‘butterflies in my heart’ in two ways – either about love or friendship, or about possible cardiac problems. Speaking of which …
Another sentence in the activity was ‘When (I forget the name) left David, she broke his _’. One student suggested ‘foot’.