Butterflies in my body part

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.

There is a song called ‘Butterflies in my head’ (link, reasonable), and another called ‘Butterfly’ (link, don’t bother) which uses that phrase, and some people have blogs titled that.

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’.


2 thoughts on “Butterflies in my body part

  1. The test attached to this chapter has the sentence: “I thought my boss was being serious, but in fact he was pulling my ________.” The last time around, one student wrote ‘hair’.


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