When I began the Idiomation blog in 2009, I intended it to be a reference source for my teen son. Like so many others, he struggled with what clichés like “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” meant. From the time he was a toddler until he reached high school, I found myself explaining sayings to him on a daily basis … sometimes more than a few times across the day.
Once he hit high school, I knew that more and more situations would crop up where an expression would be used and not make sense to the literal thinkers of this world, and so the Idiomation blog was born. What I hadn’t counted on was that celebrities like Charlie Sheen would be quoted in the media, leading to my son asking me one day if Charlie Sheen was an example of “star craving mad.” Of course, he meant “stark raving mad” but his literal version made far more sense to him than the actual idiom (which some might say was also accurate in this instance).
The decision to not only explain what the idiom meant, but to provide its history as best as I could proved to be far more helpful (and fun) than I had anticipated. In tracking down the first published instance for each saying, the evolution of each idiom was that much easier to follow and understand.
Within months of starting the Idiomation blog, more and more people were flocking to the blog site as idioms were added to the list. People began to email me or phone me or ask me in person if I would explain this idiom or that expression. This is where the concept for the “Friends Of Idiomation” came from, where people who suggested idioms were acknowledged for having suggested idioms.
Now the first book in the Idiomation series is finally available for purchase on Amazon. With the history of 75 sayings, expressions, clichés and idioms you hear in day-to-day conversations, you’ll find out where they came from, and who was the first one to say or publish them.
The book is currently available in traditional paperbook form, and within days, it will also be available in eBook format, Click HERE and order your copy of Idiomation: Book 1 today. Once you’ve added this resource book to your personal library, you won’t ever find yourself wondering what people mean when they say they make no bones about it. You’ll know the difference between being in the dark as opposed to being in the black or in the pink. You won’t be a sitting duck when a wolf in sheep’s clothing asks you if you’re teed off.
And in the end, isn’t it just a lot of fun to know that you have the background on 75 clichés that are commonly used in every day conversations? Yeah, me, too!
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Published: July 28, 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481160079
- ISBN-13: 978-1481160070
- Book Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches