These are words and phrases that I've used often and I love using them: Chaste - morally pure; modest For some reason, I find that word funny. I'll say something like, "When Harry and Cho kissed, the first thing that popped into my head was the opening notes to Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, even though, I know the students at Hogwarts are more chaste than that." And so forth It's the equivalent of saying, 'blah, blah, blah' or 'yada, yada, yada' but it's not as dismissive. Come Hell or high water In the Bible, God's punishments ranged from water (Noah's Ark) to fire (Hell). This phrase is a reference to these two opposite elements of trouble and destruction, meaning that against all odds, whether it be fire or flood, the person's will will see him through. I love it because it sounds so determined: "Come Hell or high water, I will lose weight!" I'll be damned It could either be used as surprise, "I did not expect that to happen" or determination to prevent something. I like the second one. Again, it sounds so determined. "I'll be damned if she, once again, makes it all about her!" These are what I have so far, but I will add others.