Television has a habit of repurposing and repackaging common sayings into names of shows, from Breaking Bad to Six Feet Under, and it’s easy to understand why: Idioms are packed with rich associations that resonate instantly with viewers, and when applied to titles of the small screen, they quickly communicate the sensibilities of the shows. Take a look at how some of these idiomatic phrases were …
These idioms are often misunderstood & misquoted. We've got some hilarious examples of misuse and what they might have meant.
Many idioms—expressions that are not taken literally—are so old and so familiar that we don’t think twice about using them. We say, for example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” to indicate that it’s pouring outside, and “comfortable as an old shoe” to explain an easy and familiar relationship. We can trace the etymology of some idioms to books and sayings that were first used hundreds …
We often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
A selection of bizarre origin stories behind some of our strangest idioms. The majority of these tales are at least ten feet tall, but some are actually true!
Learn cues that will help you realize it's time to escape. The following idioms are helpful reminders to assess your circumstances and decide when to make a change.
The good news is that making small talk is a skill that can be learned, and these idioms can be your guide to enjoyable and lighthearted conversation.
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Jul 12, 2020