Phrases whose literal meaning....

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Nov 4 05:25:06 UTC 2002

Re: kick the bucket, go to the bathroom, etc.

The old-fashioned school term for these, particularly used in foreign
language teaching, is "idiom", or "idiomatic expression". No need to go
much further in search of a label, when this will do for most people
(except for linguists, who, as we agreed earlier in a lively exchange, are
not normal).


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