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  • noun The study of idioms and idiomatic language

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idiomat- + -ology. Contemporary use is traced to George W. Grace in the unpublished 1977 paper, "Language: An Ethnolinguistic Essay". However, the term had been coined at least twice previously in the same sense.

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