Did you know that idioms aren’t a modern creation?

Dog on a bike / chien sur velo - Bangkok, Thailand

Dog on a bike / chien sur velo – Bangkok, Thailand (Photo credit: Sailing “Footprints: Real to Reel” (Ronn ashore))

Idioms have been around for a long time and are actually just a combination of words that have a figurative meaning.

Wherever you go in the world you’ll find that each culture has its own set of idioms. Even idioms that sound the same can mean something different depending on which country you’re in, for example to kick the bucket in England is to die, in Brazil to kick the bucket is to give up on a difficult task, just think of the confusion and misunderstandings that could be had!

One of the oldest idioms recorded is by John Fitzherbert in The Broke of Husbandry 1534

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

It means to change a long-standing habit or way of doing something is hard work.

Although Idioms seem unimportant they are used in every language across the world. Not only do they make language more colourful and creative, they can also help bring a clear picture and meaning to mind when explaning something.

But as right now it’s Raining Cats and Dogs and I could eat a horse, I’ll finish by telling you that the few idioms here in this post are a drop in the ocean with the English language having an estimated 25,000!

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