Essay about The Influnce of Figurative Idioms in English Language

1024 Words Jun 17th, 2011 5 Pages
Abstract: Figurative idioms paly an important role in English language. They represent the national culture and they are the core in language. The fgurative meaning and unity of idiom make the language colourful and vivid.

Keywords: Figurative idiom; English language; Unity

With the continual development of human society, language is developing as a tool which of people using it to express thoughts and communicate with each other. In all the elements of language, the change of lexicology is fastest and the most remarkable. Figurative palys an important role in the evolution og semantics, and the most part of importance in figurante are figurantive idioms. Any developed language contains a large amount of idioms, and
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The figurative meaning of idioms is very important to the language.

Language and culture are contact very closely. The idioms also hce this connection because of it is the most important part in spicial language. Idioms is a mirror that can reflect the culture character of a nation. No matter coordinating relationship or subordinating relationship , we could say, the idiom is national. The formation of some idioms are caused by a story. For example:

“Achille’s heel”(the only mortal weakness). This idiom is originated from a legend. Achille’s mother Thetis wanted her son to be invincible. Then she immersed Achille in the Styx, only the heel she catched did not immer in water. So in some way, Achille could be defeated. From then on, in all of the wars that Achille faced, he became the winner. But in Troy War, Achille was dead for his heel which shooted by Troy’s prince Paris.

“(donot) count one’s chickens before they are hatched”(something that you say in order to warn someone to wait until a good thing they are expecting has really happened before they make any plans about it). This idiom is originated from Aesop’s Fables. A milkmaid was going to the market. She carried her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along, she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk. “I’ll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown”, said she, “and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the person’s wife. With

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