I wanted to thank everyone for wishing my Matthew a happy birthday yesterday. That was very nice of you. So there are a couple new features with the journals that I am very excited about!! Did you know that the "All About Me" section has gone from 1,000 characters to 25.000! Wow! I am so excited about this because I have never been able to fit everything I have wanted to in there and make it as artistic as I wanted to at the same time. I am so, so excited about this. Also, did you notice if you type in http://journals.aol.com/andyourscreenname you can pull up a list of your journals. The most exciting thing about this is there is a search engine at the bottom of this page where you can plug in anyone's screen name and find all of their journals. No more wondering IF someone has a journal or how many journals they have or sifting through a search on the blog home page!!! Yay!! I am very excited about this. I have bookmarked my page so I can do an easy search. Neat! There are a few other things that came out that I need to find out more about, but I am very excited about these two things. Can you tell?!! =)!! I wanted to let you guys know if you had not heard about them!
Now on to "Wordplay"! Today I wanted to talk about idioms. An idiom is defined by Webster as 1. Language peculiar to a people, district, community, or class; and 2. An expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically, or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements.
I wanted to talk about idioms we use in everyday talk. I think we could come up with good ones because we are from all over the country! This could be lots of fun! Before I put together this entry I talked to my sister, her husband, and my boyfriend this morning to see if they could come up with one or two. I didn't want to give Krissy's away as she wanted to contribute on her own. Her husband, however had an interesting idiom that is indigenous to his hometown, Hazleton, PA. They say, "Haina?" there alot. Haina is a word of agreement. They can say, "Nice day, haina?" Or someone can say, "The color blue is pretty." and you can say, "haina". Here in central PA they use "read up" alot. It can be used as, "Let's readup the kitchen." It is short for ready up. It means to clean up. I have not been able to catch on to that one. It has been too foreign for me. I do say, "Wanna come with" alot for, "Do you wanna come with me." Interestingly, "this" and "next" when I am talking about days of the week and time are different for me and my children. What I mean is that, if I were to say to my kid's, "I am going to the zoo next Monday." (and I said it today, Thursday), I would mean that I am going in four days. To my kids, it would mean that I am going in 11 days. This has caused much confusion!
What about you? What can you come up with? Do you remember any idioms from your childhood? Did you move and have to get used to new ones? Any idiom stories? Please leave your contribution in the comments section. If you want to do this as an entry in your journal, please come back and leave the URL to your entry so I can go and read it!! Thanks!!
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