Idioms. /ˈɪ.di.əmz/ n. Those little phrases specific to a language whose meaning is not merely the sum of its parts. Such as, “It’s raining cats and dogs,” which literally no native English speaker ever says, so can we please stop teaching that in ESL classes?!?
We’ve talked about my favorite Spanish idioms involving bread, so you might well think, what else is there to ever say on the subject of language?!? And while I agree that hardly anything can beat a combination of linguistics and sourdough, this infographic of Idioms of the World made my day (hey, that’s an English idiom!) when I first saw it over on Cup of Jo.
Idioms of the World
*Here’s where this infographic first appeared.
My favorite’s gotta be “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” What’s yours?