– Idioms & Idiomatic Phrases –
So, What The Hell are “Idioms” Anyway? Are they: “Phrasal Verbs”, “Slang Terms”, “Prepositional Phrases”, or all of the above? Well, all of those examples could be “Idioms”, but not all of them actually are “Idioms”… At least not in every situation.
Allow Me To Explain…
Simply put, an idiom is:
“A combination of words which, when put together, mean something different than the literal definition of the words by themselves.”
“Get Away With Murder”
(Idiomatic & Literally Phrasal Verb)
(don’t forget to click the links above… they will help explain the phrases) 😉
These terms do not mean the same thing as the words literally imply… (accept in the case of Hillary Clinton… She actually IS a fʌkɪŋ Muderer!!!… even if she herself didn’t literally pull the trigger. Furthermore, she has been – and probably will continue to – “get away with it”… I hope that I am proven wrong… seriously, I do.)
But, getting back to my point…
Because these phrases do not mean the same thing as the combined equivalent of the definition of each individual word… then these phrases are – by definition – “Idiomatic”… Not merely… “Idioms”.
This is because they also fit into other lexical classifications. And, therefore… wait for it…
There is NO SUCH THING as an “Idiom”!!!
And There-In Lies The Problem…
Don’t worry… take a deep breath… I have a solution. Un-like those of the human race, I will not present a problem to you, unless I first have a solution… I promise.
Since an idiom will ALWAYS fit into any or many other lexical classifications, it is my personal, professional, and meta-physical opinion that regarding “Idioms” as a separate lexical “thing” is both a mistake, and one of the biggest problems faced by learners of English.
This is because the people who are supposed to be making it easier for you all to be learning English are actually (often-times) confusing the situation by trying to teach “Idioms” as a separate “thing” – instead of teaching everyone that ALL terms and phrases in the English language can be either “Idiomatic”… or not.
Idioms are not a separate Lexical item… and therefore they are a ‘Non-Thing’
Instead of “Idioms” being somehow separate from “Phrasal Nouns”, “Phrasal Verbs”, “Prepositional Phrases”, and “Adjectival” & “Adverbial Phrases” we (as instructors) and you (as learners) should – instead – change the word “Idiom” into an adjective to describe the phrase.
This is because (just to “drive the point home”… a common idiomatic phrasal verb) – there is NOT a single Idiom, in existence, which is not ALSO a Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb, or Prepositional Phrase…
Oh My Gosh!!! Enlightenment!!!
Therefore, for all (so-called) “Idioms” listed on this website it will also be indicated which other type of lexical classification it fits into. And, likewise, if you go to the pages for any other type of phrase, saying, aphorism, etc. – you will see that, for each entry, it will also be listed whether it is “Idiomatic” or not…
Wow! That actually kinda makes sense!
Click the Letter below to find the particular idiom you are looking for, or use the search box above… if you are not sure whether the phrase you are looking for is an idiom or not… don’t worry, I will let you know
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