Emmy Idiom

As you may know, an idiom is defined as an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements. Sometimes, the words do not come close to the literal meaning of the words, such as “kick the bucket,” or “to make ends meet.” At other times, the words come close to the intent of the expression.

Such is the case at award ceremonies such as the Emmy’s the other night. The expression is so popular that it was used by everyone. Ironically, to use the correct words seems to be awkward.

This idiom is:

When taken literally, this wording expresses an intent to thank rather than an outright expression of thanks. Yet for whatever reason, people seem unable to simply say “Thank you to ______ .”

I cannot explain why I am reluctant to forgive the use of these words. It just bothers me when I hear them. Your opinion on this would be welcome; or to use another idiom, “most welcome,” which is an improper use of a superlative.

Does anybody care?

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I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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One Response to Emmy Idiom

  1. bublibeauty says:

    I liked this post . Interesting .

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