Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 232. The idiom today is for the birds. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If someone says something is for the birds, he or she means that something is stupid , worthless, or completely undesirable. Okay. Let's take a look... Continue here. The origin of this term comes from the idea that birds used to eat seeds that were often left in horse poo poo. Remember before cars became ubiquitous. Ubiquitous means you know, everywhere all over the place. There was a lot of horse poo poo on the streets. Yeah. So of course you know, horses were the main form of transportation at one time. So just like they say here. People could observe birds picking out the seeds. So they can actually see them land at the horse poo poo you know , maybe they were thinking what are you doing ? That's poo poo. You shouldn't be eating that. But of course, the birds went down there. Yeah. They thought may you know, pretty good. Why not ? So they've got some free seeds. Okay. So it originally started out as a more vulgar term. You know, so people used to actually say shit for the birds. So that's not so nice . That's why I've been trying to say poo poo. Because poo poo is not so vulgar. Now we only say something is for the birds. So that's the way we usually use it or something is strictly for the birds. Like strictly means like limited just to the birds. You know, that's just for them. Nobody else would want that. So again, remember if something is for the birds, it's either stupid, worthless, or completely undesirable. Yeah. Regular people they don't really want the horse poop. That's very undesirable. Okay. So let's, let's look at some examples here. Example number one. Watching that soap opera is for the birds. It is a complete waste of time. Yeah. This person probably feels like it's stupid or maybe they might even feel that it's kind of worthless to watch it. You're not gaining too much value from it. Or number two here. Collecting bottle caps is for the birds. They will never have any real value. So if you wanted it to ever sell it to another collector... Bottle caps there's not many out. They're not going to pay much. If they pay anything. If you are going to collect something. You should collect something that will grow in value. So again when they say you know, this is for the birds, they probably really here definitely mean worthless. You know, what's the point ? No need to do it. Okay. Let's look at the last one. Playing that violent video game because you know, maybe there are some good video games. Maybe there are some educational video games. Well playing that violent video game is for the birds. It will only corrupt your mind. So this is one way you might think it's completely undesirable. This is something you shouldn't do. Maybe it will affect you in a negative way or affect your your thinking or your emotions in a negative way. Anyway I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.