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    Idioms and phrases when interpreted literally.

    There are many idiom, phrases and words in English language when they are taken or interpreted literally they become funny. Many times those who have not heard of these words or idioms they unable to understand the real figurative meaning and can question it in return that makes it funny.

    For example,
    1. If opportunity doesn't knock on your door, build a door.
    Counter reply: I am not a carpenter!

    2. To let the cat out of the bag.
    Counter reply: Why did you catch a cat in the first place?

    3. Plant and machinery is needed to build a product.
    Counter question: Machinery is fine but why plant?

    Do members know of any such words or idioms that can be interpreted in another way that they become amusing. They can add them here to amuse all a little.
  • #711038
    Idioms and phrases can't be taken as per the meanings of the individual words. They are coined for special meanings. As mentioned by the author, the meanings look funny. Why a cat should go into a bag. If it is not getting into the bag, we need not worry about the method of leaving it out.
    Actually these are framed with a separate meaning and to convey some points in a better way. In all the languages these idioms and phrases are there and some are very famous. We will find equal idioms and phrases in many languages.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #711042
    Idioms and phrases are created as per the experience of the learned people and therefore giving a counter meaning to the said phrases would be demeaning the very hard work of those people.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease


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