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Posted 3/12/15
I just noticed something, I tend to use idioms a lot. Anyone else this way?

If you do frequently use idioms, are they only specific to English? Or do you perhaps use German idioms? Spanish? Or maybe even Japanese?
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I only use imported idioms
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No I don't. However, on the topic, whenever I heard "A stitch in time saves nine." I imagined a needle and thread literally stitching together two planes of space-time... The reason being, I had never heard the phrase in context, just when people would say some idioms they know. Yeah it's really stupid but I thought it was a little funny when I really thought about the meaning. Isn't " in time " a little weird use of the preposition?
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Posted 3/12/15
For the lazy:

- Idiom
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiom

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. An idiom's figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, and they occur frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language.


- 50 Popular English Idioms
- http://www.smart-words.org/quotes-sayings/idioms-meaning.html

A hot potato
Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed

A penny for your thoughts
A way of asking what someone is thinking

Actions speak louder than words
People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

Add insult to injury
To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.

An arm and a leg
Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.

At the drop of a hat
Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.

Back to the drawing board
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
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I use them occasionally, but it's usually not on purpose. Though, I both often and purposely use them when I write. I don't say it often, but I comfortably live by "let bygones be bygones."

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Posted 3/12/15
My favorite Chinese idiom:

此地无银三百两

"There's no 300 pieces of silver buried here"

Nope, there ain't no silver here! Nopers, yer lookin' at the wrong place because there's NO STUFF HERE! Nothing here, move along... No valuable stuff to steal here AT ALL

LOL.

http://www.chinaaccountingblog.com/weblog/three-hundred-pieces-of.html
Posted 3/12/15 , edited 3/12/15
I use a lot of Spanish idioms.
Here's a fun list
http://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Spanish_idioms
Posted 3/12/15
Yeah, I do use idioms frequently and they are mainly English.
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I use them occasionally. They're all super cliche but sometimes it's easier to explain something with an expression that the person is likely to already understand.
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i use them occasionally, almost subconsciously. they are very useful in conveying the meaning of something, without exactly saying it. you can have an entire idiomatic conversation with someone, like double entendres, very fun.
Posted 3/12/15
Same. Beating a dead horse, this is a lost cause, tip the scales, the pot calling the kettle black, water under the bridge, taken with a pinch of salt, etc . There's nothing wrong with them, it's just another form of expression imo.
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I do, but not consciously.
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On occasion, yes. When it's appropriate I use them I will.
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Posted 3/13/15
Im sure most people use them, sometime without noticing...
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