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In my culture, idioms are commonly used in each part of everyday life, each topic and each discussion we have, so you always have at least one idiom when expressing a situation about one person or a group of people. In my family, I used to hear at least four idioms every day from my mom and dad, but what makes our idioms distinct is that each one has a story and sometimes it’s a quite long story. Because I was very curious, I always asked my parents about where that idiom came from ,which was interesting to know sometimes and sometimes I thought that the story didn’t make sense. Actually, we have an infinite list of idioms which makes it possible to have a conversation using only idioms but personally, I don’t like that kind of conversations.
When I started learning English, I noticed that we share so many idioms with English and usually they are literally the same. I think it’s possible to find similar idioms to more than 80% of the English idioms. However, I found a very interesting one which I used to hear very often, “miss the boat”.
“She missed the boat”,  a sentence I've heard more than one million times. It means that she lost an opportunity to do something by being slow to act or simply it’s too late now. People would say that about a girl whose age hits 35 and still not married yet. I always thought of it as a stupid thing to say especially when it comes to marriage because people mostly used it to talk about marriage and especially with girls so they would rarely say that about a person who lost another type of opportunities rather than getting married.
I think nowadays people are starting to use idioms a little bit different, and they do point out the wrong uses of it because if we don’t use idioms carefully, we will hurt others.

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