An idiom (Latin: idioma, “special property”, from Greek: ἰδίωμα – idíōma, “special feature, special phrasing, a peculiarity”, f. Greek: ἴδιος – ídios, “one’s own”) is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. An idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.
Idioms are often used to relay a message by using a figurative expression to relay a message, in often humorous way.
Here are the top 10 most common ones that I have come across and used in my time spent abroad in Canada.
- Actions speak louder than words! – A persons feelings and intentions are often shown better by what they do rather than what they say
- The Ball is in your court– A reference to tennis! This means it is up to you to make the next decision or step in a given situation
- Best of both worlds–Getting advantages from both sides of a situation
- Cost and arm and a leg – Used when something is very expensive
- Cross that bridge when we come to it – To worry or deal with a problem when it arrives, not before hand
- Don’t cry over spilt milk! – Not to worry or be upset about something that you cannot fix or change
- Heard it on the grapevine – Hearing rumours about something or someone through a network of people.
- Hit the sack – Time for bed! Going to bed or going to sleep
- Off your rocker! – Used when someone is crazy. It is to imply that someone crazy person has fallen off their rocking chair!
- To bite off more than you can chew – To take on a task or chore that is much larger than you can handle
There are many more idioms that are used in the English language. They are unique and most are very fun to learn and use. I encourage all of my readers to research their own Idioms and post them here are replies! I look forward to hearing some of your favourites!