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Conversation of idioms Fri, Sep 11, 2009
I witnessed an interesting conversation this past weekend between two friends who hadn't spoken in a while.  It consisted almost entirely of idioms, or cliches, or some sort of overly-used phrase that has little to no meaning.  Since I can't remember the exact conversation, I'll pretend this is how it went: 
Friend 1:  I heard it's supposed to rain cats and dogs later. 
Friend 2:  I'll guess we'll have to go back to the drawing board. 
Friend 1:  That would leave a bad taste in my mouth. 
Friend 2:  Later, it'll just be water under the bridge. 
Friend 1:  We could reschedule, that way we'd kill two birds with one stone. 
Friend 2:  And we could keep everything on the straight and narrow. 
Me:  *vomit*
I've noticed a similar pattern with people whose first language is something other than English.  They learn the language by watching movies and listening to people speak, and they tend to remember the things they hear most.  For my boss, it's things like "the freaky thing" and "all that craps", while for other people it's things like, "Nice to see you; have a good weekend."  When it comes down to it, all of human speech is simply a combination of memorized phrases stitched together to create meaning.  That's all she wrote; take it or leave it. #psychology


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