The Most Literal Meanings Of Common Idioms


Keren Rosen is an illustrator who transforms common idioms and expressions into their literal meanings. Idioms and expressions are used every day to communicate particular meanings. Rosen however, subverts these figures of speech and interprets them in a literal sense. Some examples of her work include common words like “fireworks,” which is depicted by a flame doing some work on a laptop, or “sleeping pills” interpreted as literal capsules sleeping on bunk beds.


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  1. 1 Baking soda

  2. 2 Blind spot

  3. 3 From the bottom of your heart

  4. 4 Broken heart

  5. 5 Fast food

  6. 6 Fireworks

  7. 7 Hungry eyes

  8. 8 Jan session

  9. 9 Let your mind wonder

  10. 10 Papercut

  11. 11

  12. 12 Rocking chair

  13. 13 Sleeping pills

  14. 14 Window shopping

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