Judgments of Idiom Familiarity and Transparency: A Comparison of Children and Adolescents
- Can a Warlord Be a Dingbat? Peters, Mark // Vocabula Review;Aug2004, Vol. 6 Issue 8, p1
The article reflects on the usage of expressions such as snot-nosed punk, warlord, and dingbat. The author inferred that it probably refer to many things, but his not concerned on the denotations but the connotations which are often specific and amusing. The author believed that expressions lack...
- Talking turkey about cliches. Russotto, Joseph S. // Saturday Evening Post;Jul/Aug94, Vol. 266 Issue 4, p26
Features a test for recognizing cliches. Definition and examples of cliches; Reading of three short articles and counting the cliches; Scoring instructions; Recognition of 100 cliches; Rating; Comments and recommendations.
- Spirited words. Kendall, Nancy M. // Christian Science Monitor;1/3/2000, Vol. 93 Issue 27, p22
Comments on the origins of idioms and terms in the English language.
- Yadda, yadda, yadda. Savan, Leslie // Time;12/16/1996, Vol. 148 Issue 27, p88
Opinion. Comments on slang in the United States originating from television sitcoms. The scope of the use of catch phrases by such people as Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole; Examples of phrases used; History of the use of idioms; The assertion that these slang phrases need to go.
- Yadda, yadda, yadda. Savan, Leslie // Time International (South Pacific Edition);12/16/96, Issue 51, p96
Discusses the use of idioms and slang by Americans. The growing use of catchphrases by more and more generations; The example of Bob Dole in his 1996 campaign; Origins of some of the idioms; Several examples of catchphrases; How they are used; The author's assertion of the true meaning of the...
- On the rocks, with no stone unturned. Cowan, Doris // Quill & Quire;Mar1999, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p74
Differentiates idiom and clichÃ© in the English language. First appearance of the word clichÃ© in English; Categorization of idiomatic expressions; Blur and overlap between idiom and clichÃ©; Definition of clichÃ© and idiom.
- Expressions. // Calliope;Nov/Dec91, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p45
Presents the origins of selected idiomatic expressions in English. A liar of the first water; A first-class liar; It looks like hieroglyphics to me.
- Expressions. // Calliope;Nov/Dec94, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p15
Discusses the Greek origins of the expression `Beware a wolf in sheep's clothing.'
- Salty talk. Martin, Ty // Naval History;Jul/Aug99, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p60
Presents terms, phrases and idioms in the English language which originated from the stored meat supplies in ships before refrigeration was invented. Includes `scraping the bottom of the barrel', `slush fund' and `hardtack'.