Idioms are word combinations that have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word. In the texts of his plays, Shakespeare was very creative with these word combinations, and some of the idioms he is responsible for either coining or popularizing include:
- Lay it on with a trowel
- Wear your heart on your sleeve
- A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Tonight, the local intermediate school housed a “Festival of Arts” that featured the work of 5th and 6th graders in all subject areas. The Reading Department hallway had a large banner spelling out the word IDIOMS, showcasing the figurative language that the students had been studying this past month.
In “IDIOMS” hallway, the parents, family and friends could wait in lines to receive a donated book. While they stood in line, they also could read the idiomatic phrases that students had designed hanging on the walls:
Just as Shakespeare used word play and figurative language to create images in the minds of the playgoers 400 years ago, these idioms showed that “pictures paint a thousand words” and that student illustrations were “second to none”!