Do You Know What This Is Called?

There’s one benefit about being in this community of book lovers and writers – when I get stumped by a language question, I know where to turn!

I need to know what a phrase like “figment of the imagination” is called.

It’s not a cliché, I know, but is there a word(s) that describes such a phrase?

And, for all you book lovers out there, would anyone know if there’s a book out there that collects all these kinds of phrases, a compendium of sorts?

Update: Thanks to comments so far and Twitter, I think I might be looking for collections of idioms, colloquialisms or figures of speech. Your suggestions on any good books that are collections of any of these would be very much appreciated!

11 thoughts on “Do You Know What This Is Called?

  1. Rebecca Cox

    Some call it a colloquialism. You can google it as a “Quote” or quotation. I am not sure there is one specific thing it is called. Maybe someone else has the exact answer.

    1. Belle

      Thanks, Rebecca. I think that’s what it is – colloquialism. Now to hunt down some books that gather them all together!

  2. Cat Woods

    I was all excited to share a wonderful book with you, but realized “figment of your imagination” isn’t in there! So much for a full collection of such phrases.

    Anyway, “I Didn’t Know That” by Karlen Evins is a fun little read. It has tons of common (and some not so common) words, phrases and expressions along with their origins.

    The subtitle is “From ‘Ants in the Pants to Wet Behind the Ears’ the Unusual Origins of the Things We Say.”
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..Don’t Step Away from the Keyboard =-.

    1. Belle

      Thanks for the recommendation, Cat! My library doesn’t have this title, but I think I’ll add it to my next online book shopping spree!

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