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    Butterflies and cupcakes

    Does the following sentence aimed at a patient with a serious disease "Your journey won't be butterflies and cupcakes" mean that it won't be anything pleasant?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Dec-2017 at 19:15. Reason: Deleting full stop (period) after 'cupcakes'.

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    #2

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Yes.

    Common: It won't be a walk in the park.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    And in BrE, you'll hear "It won't be all hearts and flowers".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Also 'It won't be a bed of roses'.

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    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Also 'It won't be a bed of roses'.
    And in AmE, "it won't be all beer and skittles."

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    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    And in AmE, "it won't be all beer and skittles."
    I think that's British.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Maybe British. As a youngster in Canada, I used to drink beer and play skittles in my local tavern. But Canada in some respects is a middle ground between AmE and BrE.

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    #8

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    I completely forgot that skittles was a type of bowling game, having never actually seen it or played it. I kept reading 'skittles' as the candy.....
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    #9

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I think that's British.
    It is used in the UK.

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    #10

    Re: Butterflies and cupcakes

    Have not heard of this before - good to know!

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