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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: 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. 🙂
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.