Visual Vocabulary - A Method to the Madness

source: EnglishAnyone    2016年11月18日
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Today’s expression is “a method to the madness.” This is a very common idiom meaning that though something may look chaotic or disorganized, it has an underlying structure or reason for being.
Imagine walking into a science lab with lots of instruments. You see a scientist running from table to table carrying different chemicals, and performing different experiments.
His lab may look like “madness,” or crazy disorganization, but there’s a clear purpose behind what he’s doing that makes sense to him.
Like the scientist’s lab, any situation that has underlying structure despite looking problematic can be described as having a “method to its madness.”

# “A method to the madness” can use used in both professional and casual situations:
A: Why are all of the dishes, cups and silverware on the floor?
B: There’s a method to my madness. I’m just reorganizing my kitchen.

A: The boss must be crazy! He’s going to sell the most profitable division of the company!?
B: Don’t worry! There’s a method to his madness.

A: The hockey coach’s plays look very confusing.
B: But he always wins! There must be a method to his madness.

A: Are you sure you’d rather go to school than to the beach on such a beautiful day?
B: I know it seems like there’s no method to my madness, but I really enjoy the class!