Many languages have idioms. Chinese and English are well known for these colorful phrases. Today, our idiom is “life of the party.”
“Life of the party” describes an animated, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering.
This idiom dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century. It began as “the life and soul of the party”, but in time the second half was dropped. Today, English speakers just say “the life of the party” and most aren’t even aware that the word “soul” was dropped from the expression.
As for the noteworthy usage of the saying, the author Joshua Ferris used it in his short story, “The Pilot.” In this comedy, the main character was a recovering alcoholic. He was said to be the “life of the party.”
David: Did you invite Joe?
Sue: No, why should I?
David: He’s the life of the party! He always arrives with some gag or something that amuses everyone.
Sue: I guess he is rather amusing, but doesn’t he cause a lot of trouble?
David: He can be a troublemaker, but he always brings excitement.
Examples of the idiom life of the party
- We should invite Aitana, she is the life of the party.
- Natalia, being the life of the party, told one funny story after another.
- In every event, you will find the life of the party.
Q1: Try making your own sentence.
Q2: Would you say that you are the life of the party? Why or why not?
Q3: Are there any disadvantages of being the life of the party? Why or why not?
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