Americans love idioms, probably more than any other country. We shoot the breeze, bend ears, pull legs, and put our feet in our mouths. These bizarre phrases are a staple of our language and conversation style. A collection of these idioms have been published in The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms and the new volume contains hundreds of new entries.

This interesting and entertaining topic was brought to our attention by NPR in their article, “Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page.” As entertaining as these are, how do they work in taxonomies? Depending on the organization, term lists could get quite confusing with say, medical terminology combined with idioms referencing body parts? Just a thought, or brain teaser.

Melody K. Smith

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