Ray asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 6 months ago

Instead of learning common idiomatic phrases, can you invent new ones?

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes and no. It's unlikely that new ones will catch on. Populations propagate idioms and other language changes. Individuals have little control over that.

    Also, inventing new ones will not automatically get rid of the current ones. You still need to learn them.

    • John P
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      You can, but..... And idiomatic phrase is one widely understood, and widely used. Nobody can ever tell which newly-coined expressions will be taken up by the good old "general public".

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    If you want to be understood, no. Since the goal of language is communication that is understood, you cannot make phrases and expect to be understood. You'll sound like John Lithgow from the old TV series Third Rock from the Sun

    Per comments-

    They get learned over time and in practice. There are lists.

    https://www.ef.edu/english-resources/english-idiom...

    https://7esl.com/english-idioms/

    When you see or hear something you don't understand, you ask.

    People "cut you some slack" in learning a language.

    • Ray6 months agoReport

      How would you go about learning all the common phrases?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Yeah seriously anyone could

    • Ray6 months agoReport

      What is it best way to go about inventing new ones?

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