Oktober 29, 2010 in Sonder kategorie


If I think about language, a few unpleasant things cross my mind, such as spelling for example. I simply don’t like to learn for a spelling test.  I can also think of much better things to do than looking up the meaning of a word in a dictionary.  But what about language is really beautiful? Poems, stories??? Yes, but I guess we need to look no further than idioms. Idioms are indeed the flowers of language, and believe me the English language has a massive garden full of beautiful flowers. I think that nothing in language can be as beautiful as idioms. A language without idioms is like pap without salt or even worse, pap without sauce. May I humbly remind you that the word pap is as part of the English language as the word cool is part of Afrikaans.  


But what makes idioms so beautiful? I think most idioms always have something of what we may call a tongue in the cheek. By the way, tongue in the cheek is an idiom. According to the Wikipedia encyclopaedia most synonyms should not be interpreted directly. The words have a meaning that we cannot observe or see directly. For example, if I expect to win the lotto, one can say it is ……just another a cold day in hell, which means an event that will never happen.  The idiom at a loss for words really reflects the real beauty of idioms. I guess that if I ever have the privilege to see Brad Pitt in real life, I will be speechless…or…. at a loss of words.  At this juncture, let us take the beauty a little further, and where do we see more beauty than in the game of love?  I want to share with you a few beautiful love idioms.

The first step of love of course, is falling in love and that requires to catch someone’s eye or to fancy someone or even better, to have a crush on someone, hoping of course that he falls head over heels for you. Step two might end up going out with him, to go steady or to be lovey-dovey.  If things go according to plan, you trust that he will have eyes only for you because you really want to be the apple of his eye.  Can there be more beautiful idioms in any language than these?  Can any ideal be more divine than to be the love of someone’s life? Of course it must be Mr. Right. Then follows step 3, you to tie the knot, by getting married.  But, be prepared to go through a bit of a rough patch here and there, or to have blazing rows from time to time.   To have a stormy relationship does not mean you should call it a day or to end on the rocks.  You see, to appreciate real beauty, it is sometimes necessary just to look at the other side of beauty and to realise that every dark cloud has indeed a silver lining.

On the website Love idioms, I also learnt a few lessons, not all so beautiful, but oh so true:

Marry in haste, repent at leisure, meaning if you marry too quickly, you have the rest of your life to regret it!

Love is blind: when you love someone, you can’t see his faults

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder:  beauty is subjective, but love remains so beautiful.  

And finally: Never allow love at first sight to take your breath away.  

7 antwoorde op IDIOMS

  1. louisna het gesê op Oktober 29, 2010

    Pragtige dele van ons taal. Ek dink slim manne in die kroeg is soms ook bevoeg om idiome uit te dink.

  2. louisna het gesê op Oktober 29, 2010

    Ja, hulle is mooi murgbeentjies.

  3. louisna het gesê op Oktober 29, 2010

    Hallo Kelly. Ek sien uit na jou weergawe.

  4. TS het gesê op Oktober 29, 2010

    so jammer dat ons kinders so min van die goed ken… alles moet kits wees om hulle tevrede te stel

  5. louisna het gesê op Oktober 29, 2010

    Ja, dis nogal jammer. Afrikaans-Ekspo het ‘n kategorie idiome waaraan Kleinboet deelgeneem het. Die standaard wat daar gehandhaaf word is verstommend.

  6. Ouboet, bietjie laat, maar hier is jou redding wat gaan maak dat jy nie meer hoef te leer vir speltoetse nie:

    Spell Checker

    Eye halve a spelling chequer
    It came with my pea sea
    It plainly marques four my revue
    Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

    Eye strike a key and type a word
    And weight four it two say
    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait a weigh.

    As soon as a mist ache is maid
    It nose bee fore two long
    And eye can put the error write
    Its rare lea ever wrong.

    Eye have run this poem threw it
    I am shore your pleased two no
    Its letter perfect awl the weigh
    My chequer tolled me sew.

  7. louisna het gesê op November 12, 2010

    Pragtige een. Thanks vir die inloer

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