Private Eye


4.5 x 5.5 inches, pen and ink, available in my shop

I was riding my bike the other day, and I saw a poster for a play called “Private Eyes,” and this drawing popped into my head. It was just pure fun.

A while after I drew it, I got to thinking that the expression is probably actually “private I” as in Investigator, and my mess up made it seem even funnier. But a consultation with my dictionary taught me that the expression is in fact as I wrote it. Well, either way, it gives me a good laugh.

I love idiomatic expressions, and since I drew this one, I’ve thought of a whole bunch relating to the human body—do I hear another series coming together? Anyone got a good one?

A couple others I thought of: “She’s all elbows and knees” and “he has a nose for business”

I first learned technically about these expressions when I was studying Italian, and my teacher often talked about how knowing idiomatic expressions or idioms (an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up) is what makes the difference between a native-level speaker and everyone else. I think it’s very true. Also, I think these expressions have a lot of poetry in them, and information about history and culture.


2 Responses to “Private Eye”

  1. 1 Era May 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I absolutely love the typeface you used here.

  2. 2 Era May 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    What about “falling head over heels?”

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