What Does That Even Mean?

Henry said, “Why would the pot call the kettle black, as that makes no sense to me and where else would you hit a nail, if not on the head?  First tell me how the cat got into the bag and how would anyone know that dog is barking up the wrong tree?”  Alan said, “These are just things that people say, they are idioms and they are not meant to be used literally or taken for granted.  These are expressions that convey something different from their literal meaning, and that cannot be guessed from the meanings of their individual words.  It is simular to a figure of speech, which is a phrase or an expression that expresses an idea by using words in a non-literal and imaginative way.  However unlike an idiom, it is possible to understand a figure of speech even if you have never heard it before.  Figurative and literal are terms that signify whether language complies with its accepted, dictionary definition (literal) or whether it diverges from its generally accepted meaning by the use of symbolism, exaggeration, or other device (figurative).  Metaphors and similes are figures of speech and a hyperbole is really just a fancy word for exaggeration.  You should not have to beat your brains out in order to understand idioms, you just need to be on the ball and come to your senses.”

Henry said, “OK I get it, but what in the heck does Men are from Mars, women are from Venus mean?”  Alan said, “The way I see it is that women use sex to have relationships, while men use relationships to have sex.  Women want partners, and all men want is to get into their pants.”  Henry said, “In The Fellowship of the Ring when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost”, what does that mean?  Alan said, “Aragorn is running from his destiny to be the King of Gondor and this poem encouraged him to explore the world.  It seems that he is on a wanderlust, meandering down a path less traveled, roaming aimlessly in the wilderness, while truthfully he is waiting for his inner calling. Aragorn eventually realizes that he needs to fight evil and darkness and that wondering around served as a necessary acclimatization for him to face his next challenge.”

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Expression, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Acclimatization, for Ragtag Community – Challenge, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Venus and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Wanderlust.

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