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Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs

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Transcript of Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs

Idioms, Adages, and Proverbs
Proverbs
Differences between adage and proverb
A proverb is more common than an adage in every day use.
Idiom
Adage
Short and to the point
A casual form of expression
Often used to make a point, explain a situation, or express a feeling.
They are non-literal expressions
Often used in every day life in spoken form.
Idioms are not universal.
Slang can often be a form of idiom but restricted to certain groups.
They tend to convey a direct message.
Usually in the form of a sentence.
Words used have great meaning not hidden messages.
Often used as guides to teach us a life lesson.
Proverbs often have a religious or philosophical meaning.
Often thought of as food for thought sentences.
Unlike idiom the message is clear and not hidden.
Used to remind others about something that is believed to be true.
Are long standing experiences that gain credibility because they are used over and over.
Examples
No risk, no gain
Good things come in small packages
Where there is smoke, there is fire
Examples
One should not cry over spilt milk.
You must always make hay while the sun shines.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Examples
have a cow
cold feet
in the dumps
hit the nail on the head
An adage is believed to be true because it has been said over and over, while a proverb is common knowledge or is known to be true based on life experiences.
Use of proverbs in everyday life
Idiom Quiz
http://player.vimeo.com/video/12236342
Proverb quiz
http://www.manythings.org/mq/m6-prov01.html
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