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Idioms & Phrases

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Monday, August 26, 2002, 1:46
Do all natlangs have idioms? Slang? I was grumbling to myself that I still
had to invent both categories for Asha'ille, but then I wondered if _every_
language had them. I do already have phrases... sort of like acronyms, I
suppose. For example, there is a phrase "ty ne kleinen shadovair" (in the
ancestor-language syntax) which is shortened in common speech to
"tikleisha." It's more or less the equivalent of the phrase "great minds
think alike" but shortened to something like "gremithia" instead of GMTA.

The language has a tendency to shorten many common phrases into a single
word, although everyone knows the expanded form to which it refers. Anyone
know of another language (con or nat) that does this sort of thing?



Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>