Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: bust something

  1. #1
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default bust something

    There is a phrase "blunder buster". Can we say "to bust a blunder"?

  2. #2
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    14,126
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: bust something

    Where have you heard or read 'blunder buster'?

    It's new to me.

    Rover

  3. #3
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: bust something

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where have you heard or read 'blunder buster'?

    It's new to me.

    Rover
    There was an article in "COSMOPOLITAN" called "The biggest communication mistakes women make". "Blunder buster" refers to not making them.

  4. #4
    Munch's Avatar
    Munch is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    480
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: bust something

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There was an article in "COSMOPOLITAN" called "The biggest communication mistakes women make". "Blunder buster" refers to not making them.
    It is a play on words, referring to the old gun, the blunderbuss.

    As you said, the article is offering advice about how to "bust" your "blunders".

    You possibly could say "to bust a blunder" but it is not an idiom and you lose the play on "blunderbuss". It would probably just sound strange.

  5. #5
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: bust something

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    It is a play on words, referring to the old gun, the blunderbuss.

    As you said, the article is offering advice about how to "bust" your "blunders".

    You possibly could say "to bust a blunder" but it is not an idiom and you lose the play on "blunderbuss". It would probably just sound strange.
    Other comments?

Similar Threads

  1. building bust
    By vivianguo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Nov-2008, 15:21
  2. [General] vice bust
    By dilermando in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Aug-2008, 00:09
  3. bust police
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Mar-2007, 17:41
  4. bust my butt
    By dean1 in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 27-Sep-2006, 02:58
  5. Bust your beauty rust
    By blacknomi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-Mar-2005, 20:57

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •