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12 idioms about money [infographic]

  • January 23, 2012
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Like music and literature, money has an effect on the changing nature of the English language; the “almighty dollar” has inspired many interesting phrases and idioms. What are Idioms? In English, an idiom is a broadly-used phrase with a meaning that may differ quite radically from the actual literal wording. The phrase “time flies” expresses…

10 Musical Idioms

  • November 28, 2011
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English and music evolve constantly and have a tendency to affect each other; a surprising number of idioms have come from music. To download high resolution poster click here. Embed this image to your site: [Infographic provided by] Chin Music Meaningless talk is “chin music”. “Stop the chin music and give me some solutions.”…

New words of 2010 [infographic]

  • April 18, 2011
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Oxford University Press has one of the largest language research programs in the world and continuously scours the internet, popular fiction, science journals, and even song lyrics for words creeping into the English language. At one time, 2-3 years of use was required before a new word/term appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary, but the…

Conflicting Proverbs

  • January 24, 2011
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Proverbs and sayings are nuggets of truth wrapped up in pithy word packages. As brief as two words, often centuries old, these maxims express wisdom in simple ways that transcend time, language, and culture. As Lord John Russell put it in Notes to Roger’s “Italy”, “A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.”…

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