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Cats and dogs, stair rods, and Nanook — you’ve got to love a good idiom

May 21 2019

More than any other single aspect of the language, I find delight in the nuances of idioms. I’m fascinated by their ability to convey meaning in just a few words, yet if you take what is said literally it is often gibberish. Idioms, of course, are those figures of speech that don’t actually mean what they say. Kick the bucket (for death), lose face (a reputation drop), paint the town red (celebrate). English is full of them.