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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Greetings people of Earth. Bruno Delavigne here, putting all my cards on the table on the subject of idioms. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that I have a soft spot for idioms. In fact, I treat idioms like apples, and use one a day to keep the doctor away. After all, the more the merrier.

Though it may be hard for you to make heads or tails of that last apple example,  you can probably put two and two together and figure out my position on idioms - they really float my boat. Now, let's briefly go over the ABC's of idioms. The lion's share of idioms are figurative, meaning that they refer to something metaphoric or symbolic. So for example, when I tell you that I am as happy as a clam right now, I'm not genuinely likening my happiness to that of a clam, (I wish I could however, because those mollusks are practically euphoric), I'm merely using a weird expression to let you know that I'm very happy. This goes for most idioms. When I say that I'm walking on air, I haven't actually left my feet. And when I tell you that I'm on cloud 9, you should know that cloud 9 has not yet been cleared for human habitation (patience, fellow billionaire playboys, our time is coming).

To make a long story short, take idioms for what they are worth, but don't take them literally! You're clearly barking up the wrong tree in doing so. Let's check in with my German friend Flula now to get his point of view on a very strange idiom: the proof is in the pudding!



P.S. Bonus points for the definitions of the idioms used in this post! Prizes, even. Gentlemen and Ladies, start your engines!

Peace out,
Bruno