Word of the Week – Week # 30 (Changes Coming)

Hello and Welcome!

Our word of the week is Idiom.

Merriam Webster defines Idiom as:

1: an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (such as up in the air for “undecided”) or in its grammatically atypical use of words (such as give way)

2a: the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class DIALECT b: the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language

3:Β a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument

I choose this word today because I am still finding myself struggling to find a word each week and write about it, so I have decided to change horses midstream. Rather than write a word of the week I am going to share an idiom of the week. When they were in high school my daughters had a teacher who would write an idiom on the board each day and I believe they included that as part of the class discussion. All of the girls really enjoyed that part of class, so maybe we can have some fun with them too. πŸ™‚

Can you guess what our first idiom is?

According to The Free dictionary.com

change horses in midstream means:

1. To choose a new leader during a period of upheaval or uncertainty.

2. To make major changes to a situation or course of action that is already underway.

and according to The Phrase Finder the idea of “Don’t change horses midstream” was used in an 1864 speech by Abraham Lincoln, in reply to Delegation from the National Union League who were urging him to be their presidential candidate. He cited ‘An old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”

Thanks for reading.

Do you use idioms often?

Can you think of an instance when you decided to “change horses midstream”? Please share in the comments section below.

11 thoughts on “Word of the Week – Week # 30 (Changes Coming)

  1. I have used that idiom in the past Ruth, but not recently. I can’t think of any I’ve used recently, but my boss is fond of using quirky phrases and oddball words. He likes saying “guess I am the last mule in the stall” when he feels someone contacted him because no one else was around. πŸ™‚ Here’s a site for some inspiration for idioms: http://www.word-detective.com/sitemap/

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      1. You’re welcome Ruth. This website is very interesting. Unfortunately the gentleman who authored it passed away a few years ago. But he has a real treasure trove of words and phrases to see the origin and people would write and ask him about those words and phrases and he’d research them. He even wrote a book. He published a regular e-mail newsletter and I got my boss the subscription and I had a complimentary subscription as well – it was fun to read them.

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  2. Lol, I’m not sure how often I use idioms in my speech. But I definitely change horses in midstream alot when I am sewing. Especially the memory bears. I may have a plan when I first receive the garments. I say a prayer when I start cutting and many times my original thoughts are quickly changed, as the bears personality starts to emerge. Always unique and fun. I enjoyed ” word of the week” but idioms are fun too. If you are called to “change horses in midstream ” just go with it, I have found it usually is a good thing for me when I do.

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  3. I’ve never heard that one but I like it, and I like the ‘idiom of the week’ idea! I use a lot of idioms in conversation but I often mix them up, like ” A bird in the hand is better than a kick in the ass”!

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