Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Popular Idioms from Invaluable

As writers, we use figurative language throughout our work often. These phrases and idioms that are so ingrained in our English language that we often use them without even realizing what the words mean or where they came from. Many of our most used figurative phrases have curious origins whether it be from an influential book of the time, a cultural custom, or historical event. For example, did you know that the phrase, “the pot calling the kettle black,” derives from Miguel de Cervantes’ Spanish novel, Don Quixote?

Invaluable created a neat visual that explores some of the most prevalent English language idioms, and how they live on today in a modern context. Check it out, and think about the literal meaning behind the phrases next time you go to use them in written or spoken language.