Idiom is great, isn’t it? The kind of collection of words that don’t translate directly into anything meaningful in another language.

There are loads of examples of course. One of my favourites is ‘off by heart’, as in ‘I learnt it off by heart’. Strange that we would choose to say that rather than off by head, brain or memory!

Apparently, those ancient Greeks felt the heart was the home of intelligence. Odd, then, that this phrase seems to have survived a translation into another language, completely discrediting my definition…