The bees and the flowers

Over breakfast today, I had a nice “birds and the bees” conversation with 7 others.

The topic came up after one of my friends brought up a story about how she accidentally broke with code.  Apparently she was engaged in an educational tangent with a third grader on pollination….and somehow ended up comparing pollination with the foreign concept of “something that mommies and daddies do.”

Then the conversation takes a turn towards a more literal understanding of “the birds and the bees,” but that’s not the point of the story.  We often find ourselves repeating phrases that have no logical meaning through the combination of words but instead have a secondary meaning buried under years of use.

These phrases are known as idioms.

What’s an idiom?  Take a look…..http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

Some of these idioms go far back in history and are found having slightly similar meanings in other cultures/languages.  Maybe next time you hear somebody mention an idiom, you’ll break it down literally and wonder where the heck did that phrase come from?

While you chew on that, I’m going to go hit the sack….

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  1. i think thats interesting because its true a lot of sayings now a days dont really make sense when u sit there and think about it. but everyone knows what your talking about.

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