Today, our lesson is about one of my favorite subjects: idioms.
Idioms are seemingly nonsensical groupings of words. However, they aren’t as they seem. In fact, these phrases are cram-packed with meaning! Their meaning evolved through usage, rather than the entries of lexicographers, Grammarians who decide which words are placed in the dictionary and what they mean.
Idiom of the day: pretty as a picture.
This saying came about during the Victorian Era, the 1800s. It was even used by Mark Twain. In the book A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court, Twain describes a character as “pretty as a picture.” Despite the noted hubbub, this phrase literally means attractive, in fact, there’s not much else to it.
You may encounter a native English speaker saying “She’s as pretty as a picture.” The speaker is telling the listener that the person in question is beautiful.
Examples of the idiom pretty as a picture
She looked as pretty as a picture in her dress.
The pink rain lily looked as pretty as a picture when it blossomed.
Q1: Try making your own sentence.
Q2: Describe a place you’ve seen that looks “as pretty as a picture?”
Q3: Have you met someone who is as “pretty as a picture?”
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