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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Gentle is my second name. Do you remember the Neil Diamond? I am a believer.........

    I think he was looking for words expressing that a saying/idiom can conjure up strong images to the listener. Vivid and pictorial may be among the words he was looking for.

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    If he wants idioms we need more detail in reagrds to the situation.

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    He does not want idioms (if I got him right), he wants words to describe some traits of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    He does not want idioms (if I got him right), he wants words to describe some traits of them.

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    Mea culpa! I am a bit slow today. Maybe slower then usual. Old age creeping up?

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    I tend to be laconic sometimes, which doesn't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Gentle is my second name.

    I think he was looking for words expressing that a saying/idiom can conjure up strong images to the listener. Vivid and pictorial may be among the words he was looking for.

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    EXACTLY! Sorry about the confusion. I will try to clarify but I'm not sure it will make sense. I was going to make a verb out of this word. The specific sentence I ended up using (but I still think there is a better word): "She is the spit out of your mouth", her mother idiomized.

    Before you say anything, I realize idiomize is not a word. I knew from the beginning that I would be inventing a verb from this noun.

    I still think, though, that there is a better word to describe such a descriptive (if gross) phrase.

    Thanks for all of your help and sorry again for the confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me75
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Gentle is my second name.

    I think he was looking for words expressing that a saying/idiom can conjure up strong images to the listener. Vivid and pictorial may be among the words he was looking for.

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    EXACTLY! Sorry about the confusion. I will try to clarify but I'm not sure it will make sense. I was going to make a verb out of this word. The specific sentence I ended up using (but I still think there is a better word): "She is the spit out of your mouth", her mother idiomized.

    Before you say anything, I realize idiomize is not a word. I knew from the beginning that I would be inventing a verb from this noun.

    I still think, though, that there is a better word to describe such a descriptive (if gross) phrase.

    Thanks for all of your help and sorry again for the confusion.
    I do not remember hearing that. Did you mean she is your spitting image?

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    Yeah, the "spit out of your mouth" sounds weird out of context. Looks like "spitting image" indeed. Anyway, English being a wonderfully dynamic language, you can always coin new verbs, like idiomize, but you must know what you're doing, because the listener will think you made a mistake or may not understand you. Specifically, "idiomize" doesn't look terrific to me. I would suggest sticking to an existing verb and using an adverb instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Yeah, the "spit out of your mouth" sounds weird out of context. Looks like "spitting image" indeed. Anyway, English being a wonderfully dynamic language, you can always coin new verbs, like idiomize, but you must know what you're doing, because the listener will think you made a mistake or may not understand you. Specifically, "idiomize" doesn't look terrific to me. I would suggest sticking to an existing verb and using an adverb instead.

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    Christmas and New Years on one day! Francois agrees with me on something.

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    This was purely fortuitous ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    This was purely fortuitous ;)

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    Somewhere along the line of blind chicken finding a corn? :wink:

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