Have you ever felt like you swallowed a postman’s sock? Or have you ever felt as though you are wearing bean pods in your eyes? How about that feeling of having eaten a monkey? If you’re shaking your head right now — no, no, no — hold up a tick. These three expressions are all love idioms from around the world, and it’s likely you’ve felt all three before — but perhaps you didn’t realize it because you didn’t express it quite like that.
When you swallow a postman’s sock in Colombia, you are falling madly in love. In South Korea, walking around with bean pods in your eyes means you’ve been blinded by love. And in Germany, when you’re super totally head-over-heels crazy about someone, you have officially eaten a monkey.
Artist Elly Walton created some very whimsical and fun illustrations of these romantic turns of phrase from around the world, and they're worth checking out. Scroll down to find out 16 ways to refer to the feelings related to falling in love — in new and exciting manners that you probably never dreamed of before. But first, check out the latest episode of Bustle's Sex and Relationships podcast, I Want It That Way:
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14. Hindi Language
Images: Courtesy of Elly Walton