Off topic: 40 idioms that simply can’t be translated literally
Thread poster: Suzan Hamer

Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Aug 22, 2015

http://blog.ted.com/40-idioms-that-cant-be-translated-literally/

I take issue with the title... Isn't that the nature of idioms? That they cannot be translated literally?
But still posting it, FWIW.

(Not sure under which category to post this; hope this one will do.)

[Edited at 2015-08-22 12:57 GMT]


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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
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... Aug 22, 2015

Suzan Hamer wrote:

http://blog.ted.com/40-idioms-that-cant-be-translated-literally/

I take issue with the title... Isn't that the nature of idioms? That they cannot be translated literally?


I agree, that is a foolish title. It is like saying:

1) 40 dictionaries that have words in them
2) 40 mornings that precede their corresponding afternoons
3) 40 alive human beings who breathe
4) 40 obvious things that are self-evident
5) 40 musical instruments that produce musical sounds
6) 40 planetary systems that have planets

... and so on.

[Edited at 2015-08-22 18:20 GMT]


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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Idioms Aug 23, 2015

"A piece of cake" is an idiom, but "You can't put lipstick on a pig" is neither an idiom nor true. The expression is "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig". Still not an idiom though. And neither is "Why add fuel to the fire?" This is just metaphorical speech.

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