Abstract: Language is a reflection of the speaking country’s culture. Idioms, as an indispensable part of language, present the cultural informations more vividly. This study aims to probe into the origins of English idioms, which include geographic, religious, mythological, artistic, literary factors and customs. Also,it takes some efforts to analyze characteristics of English idioms in linguistic application. Use of rhetoric is one that’s mentioned in the paper. Furthermore, most idioms are to be used as a whole since any forms of separation would cause the loss of intended meaning. To have an in-depth understanding of the origins and characteristic of English idioms may help the learning of them.
Key words: idioms; culture; art; customs; linguistic
关键词：英语习语; 文化; 语言应用...