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It's Idiomatic

Friday, February 22, 2013

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases.

New assignment: What's your definition for the less-well-known idiom "all wool and a yard wide"?  Use your imaginations, not google!  Check out Facebook for more phrases this weekend.

Guests:

Christine Ammer

Comments [2]

paul from nyc

Veronica, people confuse hoi polloi with hoity-toity (self-important and pompous).

Feb. 22 2013 01:33 PM
Veronica from Florida

Am I the only person on the planet who thought hoi polloi was a reference to the rich. All these years I was ignorantly using this phrase to refer to the upper crust of society.
hoi polloi
Noun
The masses; the common people: "avoid mixing with the hoi polloi".
Synonyms rabble - mob
Boy was I wrong!!!!

Feb. 22 2013 11:12 AM

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