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Idiomatic Expressions

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

An idiom is the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language. The word idiom is a derivative of the Greek word idios, meaning “private.” Greek idioma (the “o” has a long vowel sound) is indicative of an idea, thought, or concept having a peculiarity or a unique feature—particularly in language and literature. An idiomatic expression retains all of the meaning of its idiom origin. Like an idiom, an idiomatic expression is symbolic of an expression or group of words that ...

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