If you are a book nerd, like me, English language and English idiom has always fascinated you.
From an early age, I loved books. We grew up in a poor family, back when only one partner worked and the other was a stay at home parent. Funds were limited and with little to go around one of the “free” entertainments encouraged by my parents, was the local library.
As soon as I learned how to ride a bike, I was off to my two favorite places in the world: the local Kinsmen outdoor pool, where I took swimming lessons, and the library next door.
I spent my entire summer at those two places, exercising both body and mind.
I love libraries. I love the feel, the smell of books. I love their hushed interiors and the sense of history, of age that permeates such places.
I love books for the places that an author can take you, but also for the gift of language, stretched and beaten into a form that often leads to other forms of communication. These days, it usually takes the form of a movie, or a video game…but it was not always so.
In ancient times, in years past, the condensing of a story into an easily accessible format was in the form of a play, or a short story…or even shorter yet, the English Idiom.
English idiom is purity of notion, condensed into a bite size concept. It is distilled thought.
The ability to shrink a concept into such a tiny conveyance is the epitome of a writer, or a story-teller. Few authors have this ability. Ernest Hemmingway is the most well-known of these grand artists. Ernest Hemmingway is credited with what is likely the most famous of short stories every written, although it is now believed to be an urban myth. It is still a powerful quotation regardless of the author (and its sheer popularity bears this out):
This is why I write about English idiom. The ability to share a concise thought, rich with meaning and nuance, is the goal of any author, and idioms are a classic component of the richness that is the English language. Even when we do not understand the words, on first glance, we are hard-wired to understand its meaning. Why?
That is the power of idiom.
So come, explore with me the richness of the English language. Share in my passion, and enrich your soul. Steal a story idea or two and help me make the world a better, richer place. There is something for everyone in my blog postings 🙂
I look forward to hearing from you! Which idioms are your favorite? Tell me and I will write a post around it 🙂
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