International idiom series, by Paul Blow and Viking Direct

Office supplies company Viking Direct has commissioned illustrator Paul Blow to create visual interpretations of idioms used in different languages.

The British company hopes to showcase its breadth of international employees through the fun project, with 11 illustrations of idioms originating from different countries, along with their meanings in English.

Obscure examples include “To slide in on a prawn sandwich”, which is a Swedish way of saying to have an easy life, as well as “To tie a bear to someone”, a German idiom meaning to confuse somebody.

Viking Direct hopes the illustrations will make their staff “chuckle”, the company says.