Idioms

by john on December 11, 2005

According to “Dictionary.com”:http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=idiom an idiom is “A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.

A Dutch member of my team asked me this week what the English expression for “Make an elephant out of a mosquito” was – which as it happens is “Make a mountain out of a molehill.”

A little “Internet research”:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22make+an+elephant+out+of+a+mosquito%22&btnG=Google+Search revealed that the mosquito to an elephant transformation is both a Dutch and German idiom. I have to say it doesn’t make as much sense as the American one. Ours doesn’t involve an entire species change, for one.

I haven’t thought much abouts idioms but I’ll be they are fascinating to discover as you master a language.

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