Saturday, October 25, 2014

How did the idiom 'round the bend' originate?

To Linguistics and Educators

Ever wondered about the origin of idioms? Morphology is actually quite an interesting area of linguistics (there aren't many)...and for those of you with morphological interests - you might be interested in this link.

It describes how the aforementioned idiom came into common usage. What's striking in this instance is the connection between past realities of a harsh, visceral situation and the effects they caused.

This article aptly describes the evolution of the phrase - starting from a geographical description to a metaphorical reality.

Have a read...and if you come across any other examples, let me know.