Have you ever heard of idiomatic expressions? How about popular sayings? What about turn of phrase? All of these terms pertain to common phrases. Do you know at least some of them?
Sayings and idioms are sentences or phrases that often carry a lesson in their statement. They could have originated in a literal sense, but they evolved into having a more philosophical sense.
There are also phrases that have survived through time, yet their meaning stays roughly the same. An example of this is the phrase "hit the sack" or "hit the hay," both referring to the act of going to sleep or going to bed. In olden times, people slept in mattresses that were stuffed with hay. Some people also used sacks for pillows or cushions that were also stuffed with hay. So to say "hit the sack/hay" has the same meaning now, even though the quality of our beds has changed.
Idiomatic expressions are quite the opposite in construction. These phrases often sound nonsensical if you take them at face value. They stand for an idea whose meaning is far from the words used to express it. For example, "It's raining cats and dogs" can be bewildering if taken literally. The phrase is merely another way of saying, "It's raining very hard."
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