English Idioms – 8 Ways to Respond to Thank You

In English, there are many idiomatic responses to thank you. The standard response to Thank You in America is “You’re welcome.” You’re welcome and all other thank you responses are actually English idioms. In the following video, I present eight of the most common alternatives. Although each of these idioms can have its own subtle … Read more

25 English Body Part Idioms Video Lesson Meanings and Examples

Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! In this video from Idioms Online, I go over 25 Body Part Idioms to help you sound like a native English speaker. There are many English idioms related to parts of the human body, like the head, the eyes, mouth, the hands, the arms, … Read more

Why Don’t We Have an English Word for Deja Vu?

Deja vu is an overused word these days. It is a French word meaning “already seen.” However, we began using it in English to describe a feeling that something we are experiencing has happened before. This weird and eerie feeling is the subject of much speculation, including propositions of time travel or multi-dimensional experiences, but it … Read more

What Books Have Information On Idioms?

There are many books that contain information on American and English idioms, slang, and other expressions. The best books to find information on idioms are idiom dictionaries, however. Some notable examples of reference books for idioms are the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms, Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms, and Chambers Idioms, … Read more

What’s the Difference Between Idioms and Slang?

Peruse just a few of the idioms on this or other sites, and you may notice that many idioms don’t look much different than what most of us call slang. Why not call a spade a spade? Is there a difference between an idiom and slang? In fact, there is not. Although there is not one universally … Read more

How Do We Know What Idioms Mean?

An Amazon review of a book on cliches and idioms complained that the book only gave the meaning of the phrases, but not the origins. What good is this, the reviewer asked? Everybody knows the meaning of these everyday expressions. Why, they asked, write a book with only their meanings, without exploring their origins? It is a … Read more

Why Do We Say By Heart Instead of By Brain to Mean Mermorize?

You have to learn a poem to recite in class. How do your learn it? By heart. You’re an actor and you have to memorize your lines. You learn them by heart. You have to give a big speech. Better learn by heart! It is our brains which house memories and yet if you actually said “I … Read more

What Is An Idiom?

Idioms are different from other expressions. An idiom is a phrase, sure, but as John Ayto puts it, this phrase “behaves more like a word.” 1 Unlike other expressions, the meaning of an idiom is not always easy to tell based on the words used. They are groups of words which mean something different than they appear … Read more