Talk:set phrase

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I still felt that this definition was over-specific so I gave in and looked it up on dictionary.com. Their definition comes from WordNet and states quite the opposite:

an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up [syn: idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, phrase]

I'm not 100% sure that's right either. I tend toward thinking it's a phrase whose parts cannot be replaced by synonymous words whether it's idiomatic or literal. But I might also be wrong. — Hippietrail 00:22, 13 Jan 2005 (UTC)

This is fundamental to the issue. It is not clear whether "set Phrase" and "idiom" can be used interchngeably in most cases. There are no references on the page so I have no way of knowing where the definition came from. I have no idea where to go to verify the definition, which could just as easily be a POV from the writer's imagination. Eclecticology 08:28, 30 September 2005 (UTC)