Happy Leap Day!

Posted on Feb 29 2016 - 4:04pm by PopESL

It’s February 29th. We won’t say that for another 4 years. For more info on speaking dates in English check this out.

Leap days are supposed to make our Gregorian calendar more accurate. Leap Day is also associated with strange traditions. For example, when men are taking too long to propose, Leap Day is a chance for women to take matters into their own hands and turn the tables. Would you ever do that?

Babies born today are called leaplings and get to celebrate their birthdays every four years. There are a few famous leaplings.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 56.

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 44.

Rapper Ja Rule is 40.

To leap can also mean to jump. Here are some other idioms using the word “leap.”

Leap of faith: An act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved.

Relationships take a leap of faith

Look before you leap: to think before acting first and considering the possible consequences or dangers.

When making a big financial transaction you should look before you leap.

Flying leap: to tell someone to get out of your life.

I told my ex boyfriend to take a flying leap.

Leaps and bounds: Rapidly, large movements forward.

He’s ahead in the race by leaps and bounds.

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