Off topic: 40 idioms that simply can’t be translated literally
Thread poster: Suzan Hamer
| | Suzan Hamer
Local time: 03:13
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]
| | Michele Fauble
Local time: 19:13
Norwegian to English
"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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40 idioms that simply can’t be translated literally
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