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Re: Idiom construction

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2008, 9:10
Sometimes it's appeals to divine agents - eg, the (execrable) Victorian
expletive "Zounds!" is a former religious oath "[By] God's Wounds!"

Sometimes it's a story people know and use as an example.

Sometimes it's a phrase referring to an absurdity, eg, "He's as useless as
tits on a bull!"  or a commonly-understandable situation, eg, "He's ropable
[like an outraged bull], so I'd stay clear if I was you."

Wesley Parish

On Friday 28 March 2008 17:23, Eric Christopherson wrote:
> What strategies do people use for creating idioms, sayings, clichés, > etc. in their conlangs? I am struck by how idiosyncratic, unexpected, > and sometimes even seemingly nonsensical they are in natlangs.
-- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ----- Gaul is quartered into three halves. Things which are impossible are equal to each other. Guerrilla warfare means up to their monkey tricks. Extracts from "Schoolboy Howlers" - the collective wisdom of the foolish. ----- Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui? You ask, what is the most important thing? Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.