All Ears

by Jade Handy on July 1, 2010

English expressions and idioms with ‘ears’ is just a fun one.  The site highlighted:

1. music to your ears

2. wet behind the ears

3. fall on deaf ears

4. have an ear to the ground

5. have (something) coming out of your ears

6. walls have ears

I know these as more than idioms, but as organ language.  Why talk this way?  For most people, it just happens naturally.  That’s my point.  It happens naturally and thus connects most quickly.  Idioms, and more specifically, organ language is the fastest path between your mouth and their ears (formerly known as “from point A to point B.”)

And, it’s funny, fun to use, and helps you hone your message.

My additions to the list that I say and h”ear” often.

1. in one ear and out the other

2. people have 2 ears 1 mouth and should use them accordingly

3. to get an earful

4. eery isn’t it

5. come ‘ere and give me a hug if you don’t think this one should be in the list!

BTW, idioms, by definition, do not convey literal meanings.  Therefore, they are figures of speech.  Therefore are useful representations.  Ever wanted to say one thing and mean another?

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Can you create a post from anything?  Apparently.  -Jade Handy  #hypophora

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.  H. L. Mencken  #metonymy

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.  –Gertrude Stein  #isocolon

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.  –Mark Twain  #personification  #prosopopoeia

I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet.  –Rita Rudner  #sick

I wish my hair was thicker, and I wish my feet were prettier. My toes are really ugly. I wish my ears were smaller. And my nose could be smaller too.  –Britney Spears  #amen  #anaphora  #commoratio

My big ears indicated a talent for music. This thrilled me.  –William Christopher Handy  #relation?

I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.  –George McGovern  #idiom #contrast

Photo Credit: Kaptain Kobold on Flickr

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