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    Idioms

    I want to know the meaning of the following idioms,

    1. I have time on my hands.

    2. He has two left feet.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Idioms

    #1 = I am not in a hurry.

    #2 = to be very clumsy. Said of someone who physically trips over the smallest thing.

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    Re: Idioms

    2. He has two left feet.

    This is used quite often to describe someone who is a bad dancer.

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    G'day Madan,
    It is a military saying that crossed over to danncing and then to the general lexicon.
    In the military it is not all that difficult to march in formatioin but some soldiers are so clumsy that they do not know which foot is right and which is left so they are constantly outo of formation and nothing looks clumsier than a poor boob trying to catch step in a formation of perfectly drilled soldiers. The contrast is too striking.
    Two left feet is chosen rather than two right feet because right indicated correctness and left used to be called sinister and is still now viewed with suspicion.
    A left handed compliment is a hidden insult.

    In dancing a person who has two left feet looks as clumsy as a doubly left footed soldier as the dancer is in a room of perfectly swaying bodies but can not keep step.

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    Re: Idioms

    It would be helpful to have your source for this information.

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It would be helpful to have your source for this information.
    Why?

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    G'day Angie,
    Thanks for your welcome.
    I have no source.
    I am exposed.
    It is an opinion only.
    I will flag all opinion.
    I am terribly terribly sorry for all the distress I have caused by my profferring of an unattributable opinion as to the origin of a flipping idiom.
    Do you have any definitive sources that can proove that William Shakespeare, esq. did not plagiarise his maiden aunt for, 'To be on not to be blah blah blah...'?

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    Re: Idioms

    Thank you. Personal opinion is fine, so long as we all know that it is personal opinion.

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    Re: Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Thank you. Personal opinion is fine, so long as we all know that it is personal opinion.
    In that case it would be better to frame your questions openly and not in a snide manner.
    Can you give me any definitive origin for any idiom?

    Are you telling me that I am wrong or that my opinion on this subject is diminished because I can not quote you chapter and verse from dome dead tree?
    I can not think of a more logical origin for the idiom.
    I can not think of two well known occupations where left and right feet make much of a difference.
    Oh look at that farmer with two left feet. What does that convey?
    What had been conveyed to the learner other than the actual meaning of the phrase rather than any explanation of the phrase.
    I am here to help learners not to make moderators feel better about their snippy power.
    I guess that I'll see you in the PMs {sigh} again.

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