September 2: Idioms of Fire Day

Today is the anniversary of the start of the Great Fire of London in the year 1666.  The fire started in a bakery and spread throughout the city, raging for four days and nights before it was extinguished.

Fire is a common word in English with many literal and figurative uses.  Many English idioms feature fire.  Idioms are expressions of two or more words that mean something different from the literal meaning of the individual words.  Here are some examples:  hold someone’s feet to the fire, play with fire, fire on all cylinders, fight fire with fire.

Today’s Challenge:  Fire Away

Brainstorm — or should we say firestorm — a list of compound words, idioms, and titles that include the word fire.

Alternative Assignments:

-Research the etymology of the word curfew.  How does it relate to fire?

-Write about a personal experience you have had with fire.

Quote of the Day:  Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  –William Butler Yeats