Idioms were never really something I paid much attention to until I started taking American Sign Language classes. I learned that translating idioms into other languages is difficult because the meaning changes and doesn’t always make sense in other languages. I also tend to recognize how often we actually use idioms, some I didn’t even realize were idioms.

A penny for your thoughts

Actions speak louder than words

An arm and a leg

Back to the drawing board

Barking up the wrong tree

Beat around the bush

Best thing since sliced bread

Cry over spilt milk

Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched

Every cloud has a silver lining

Hit the nail on the head

Jump on the bandwagon

Let the cat out of the bag

Method to my madness

Not playing with a full deck

Off one’s rocker

Take with a grain of salt

To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth

Whole nine yards

Wouldn’t be caught dead

Your guess is as good as mine


[id-ee-uh m]

an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usualmeanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one’shead, or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the tableround for the round table, and that is not a constituent of a largerexpression of like characteristics.

a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.

a construction or expression of one language whose parts correspondto elements in another language but whose total structure or meaningis not matched in the same way in the second language.

the peculiar character or genius of a language.

a distinct style or character, in music, art, etc.:
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  1. Loved these Kris thank you! Idiom is so delightfully quirky; I love your examples.


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