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    help me English majors

    so I have a coworker who is comically bad with flipping phrases around, my signature being one of his recent "classics".

    but I'm thinking "euphemism" isn't the right word .. .should it be "proverb" or "idiom".

    Things like:
    "Don't mess with the bull, or you'll get the horns"
    or "You wouldn't buy a car without checking under the hood"



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    Re: help me English majors

    Euphemism works fine for that, I would think.

    I was a pretty crappy English major though.




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    Re: help me English majors

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    Euphemism works fine for that, I would think.

    I was a pretty crappy English major though.
    "high five" from a pretty crappy Engineering major

    "lots of people go to school for 7 years ..."



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    Re: help me English majors

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    so I have a coworker who is comically bad with flipping phrases around, my signature being one of his recent "classics".

    but I'm thinking "euphemism" isn't the right word .. .should it be "proverb" or "idiom".

    Things like:
    "Don't mess with the bull, or you'll get the horns"
    or "You wouldn't buy a car without checking under the hood"
    You work with the bartender from Boondock Saints?

    (And yes, I think that euphemism is the wrong word. A euphemism is a term used to "lighten the blow" of a topic - i.e. "My grandmother just kicked the bucket" instead of "My grandmother's dead". Personally, I think he's trying to recite a proverb - a well-known saying - and turning it into an idiom.)



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    Re: help me English majors

    Euphemism is wrong in that case... that means a term that you use in place of a harsher one (e.g. passed away instead of died).

    Those are proverbs or idioms, you are correct.


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    Re: help me English majors

    Quote Originally Posted by markshir View Post
    Euphemism is wrong in that case... that means a term that you use in place of a harsher one (e.g. passed away instead of died).

    Those are proverbs or idioms, you are correct.
    so does a proverb differ from an idiom?

    "birds of a feather flock together" is a proverb right? ... how does an idiom differ?



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    Re: help me English majors

    mixed metaphor, I believe...not an English major however.



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    Re: help me English majors

    I believe the term you want is a mixed metaphor. God I hate english.



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    Re: help me English majors

    An idiom is a phrase whose meaning can't be deduced from the literal meaning - "kicked the bucket" is an idiom because the person isn't really kicking a bucket.



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    Re: help me English majors



    Me fail English? That's umpossible.



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    Re: help me English majors

    Dad, I failed English...

    How could you fail English?! YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!



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    Re: help me English majors

    Sounds like this guy is definitely an idiom.


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    Re: help me English majors

    He is attempting to recite proverbs. The meaning of euphemism was explained above. Idioms are different in that they do not convey some truth (like proverbs), but are simply a fixed phrase in the language based on some cultural reference.



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    Re: help me English majors

    Definitely not a euphemism. For example, Rock 104.9, during its "Wake Up, Quad Cities" segment does a "Today's euphemism is:" For instance, today's euphemism might be "polishing the wooden stick" or "date night with Rosie and her five sisters..."


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    Re: help me English majors

    Here's a good example of an idiom:



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