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7/06/2006

What is an IDIOM

What is an IDIOM ?


id·i·om noun

A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.

For Example: Kick the bucket
  means to DIE


The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.Regional speech or dialect.

A specialized vocabulary used by a group of people; jargon: legal idiom.

A style or manner of expression peculiar to a given people:
  • “Also important is the uneasiness I've always felt at cutting myself off from my idiom, the American habits of speech and jest and reaction, all of them entirely different from the local variety” (S.J. Perelman).
  • A style of artistic expression characteristic of a particular individual, school, period, or medium: the idiom of the French impressionists; the punk rock idiom.

A traditional way of saying something. Often an idiom, such as “under the weather,” does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be “under the weather” is to be sick.

Some Idiom examples to ponder:
  • To undertake painstaking research
  • I hope it will all pan out
  • things go "haywire"
  • Spitting image
  • He's a namby-pamby
  • To bone up something
  • To pay through the nose
  • Hit the bricks
  • A square meal
  • A smart Alec

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