Idioms a revue by Duncan Fraser

Book 24 in my reading series is the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms by Daphae M. Gualland and David M. Gulland.

It has been neglected on my bookshelf, and I regret not using it more often as it contains valuable snippets.


This book is part of a complete Penguin reference collection that I should have explored further. During the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, I sought a distraction from the constant worries it brought.

To occupy my mind, I started a series of readings where I would randomly select a book from my library, open it to a random page, read a paragraph, and then create a video exploring the thoughts inspired by the words.

There was no specific plan; it was simply a way to engage my mind. When I opened the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms to page 115, I came across two idioms: #11 “to know one’s own mind” and #12 “to have a mind of one’s own.”

Is it strange that in my particular case that my mind is often changing?

I was surprised by the significance of these phrases in language and culture, and I spent hours researching and following digital pathways as I crafted my video.

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Here is what my AI Nancy said when I asked her. “Know your own mind” means having a clear understanding of your thoughts, beliefs, desires, and values. It refers to being self-aware, knowing what you truly want or believe, and being confident in your own judgments and decisions. It emphasizes the importance of introspection and self-reflection to gain insight into oneself and make informed choices.



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