Idioms… The Stories


What is an idiom

it’s a noun. An expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one’s head,  or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round  for the round table,  and that is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics.

Many of us use idioms in a daily bases but few have asked how did they come to exist…

1. A doubting Thomas: It is said when a skeptic who needs physical evidence in order to believe something. This idiom came from a story in the Bible, when Thomas the apostle insisted on touching Jesus after the reserruction to make sure that he is alive.

2. A piece of cake: said when a task is easily accomplished. Some sources say the idea of cake being “easy” originated in the 1870’s when cakes were given out as prizes for winning competitions. In particular, there was a tradition in the US slavery states where slaves would circle around a cake at a gathering. The most “graceful” pair would win the cake the in middle. From this the term “cake walk” and “piece of cake” came into being, both meaning that something was easy to accomplish.

3. Cup of joe: it means a cup of coffee…  a few stories relate to the origin of this idiom. I think it means it’s a man’s drink thus the usage of Joe like G.I.Joe

4.Devil’s Advocate: Said to someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the argument. It’s got something to do with the Vatican. the promoter of the faith, who critically examines the life of and miracles attributed to an individual proposed for beatification or canonization. He is popularly called the devil’s advocate because his presentation of facts includes everything unfavorable to the candidate

5. Excuse my French: Please forgive me for cussing. Maybe because its stereotypical that French are rude and cuss a lot. “medre this medre that”

6. Graveyard Shift: Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping.

And there are hundreds of other idioms out there 😀





3 thoughts on “Idioms… The Stories

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Qwaider Planet, AmmarM. AmmarM said: Idioms… The Stories : […]

  2. Rain says:

    LOVE this Ammar!!!yeslamo!

  3. observationofalostsoul says:

    You’re welcome Sara

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