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:
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?