Bowdoin Psychologist Leaves No Stone Unturned in Idiom Research

It was a piece of cake. Psychologist Louisa Slowiaczek had no shortage of students willing to participate in her psycholinguistics experiment on idioms. But there was one problem: Very few of them had ever heard of the expressions. When she turned to older adults instead, Slowiaczek encountered a very different obstacle.

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  1. Sally Montgomery/Bieszard

    This article makes me wonder if lol, omg and today’s “text talk” in general will be tomorrow’s idioms in 2095!

    I’m 88, and the “plugged nickel” idiom gets instant recognition from me. I believe idioms are probably generational, were originally slang, and most have a life span of maybe 75 or 80 years. The older the panel asked if they recognize them, the greater the affirmative response will be. Wish I could be on

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