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Posted 3/13/15

Lowlights wrote:

I only use imported idioms


I get fine imported idioms from Cuba, there the best!
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Posted 3/13/15
I'm pretty sure I use idioms frequently, I just don't notice them. I use "just my 2 cents" a bit.
Posted 3/13/15 , edited 3/13/15
yes... rome wasn't built in a day etc
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Posted 3/13/15
When i first saw this topic i thought of onomatopoeia, but yes idioms are cool sometimes.
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Posted 3/14/15

nanikore2 wrote:

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


Ha! I've never heard that before. I love it!

Next time someone asks if I have any cookies while heading towards my stash, I will frantically yell "There are no 300 pieces of silver buried there!"
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Posted 3/14/15
"Even a horse can fall from a tree."


Original: "Even a monkey can fall from a tree"- meaning that anyone can make mistakes; even those that are most skilled/accustomed to a task.
In one of the opening questions from Baka to Test, one of the "silly answers" was the above, replacing "monkey" with "horse" (at least, according to Baka-Tsuki). I just find it fun to use.
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Posted 3/14/15
I hate to break it to anyone who says they don't use idioms, but idiomatic expressions are a part of every language, and you use them whether you're aware of them or not. That's why "mistranslations" are such a common occurrence, because our cultures and histories have deeply affected our languages over a long period of time. There are some expressions that are used where the roots are in question nowadays unless they have been extensively researched, so idioms are vague enough that we may not even be aware it's something to be considered as an idiom. That being said, some people use idiomatic expressions more often than others. Ah, and for my sources, I studied linguistics, language and culture.
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Posted 3/23/16
Closed because OP nuked
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