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“Winged” Name Identify and write down an idiom containing a proper noun. Choose one that is used in your native language.
What Kind of Name Is It? Who or what does the proper name in the idiom refer to? Select one of the following answers:
Places of Origin Identify the region from which culture your idiom entered your native language. You can use a dictionary, an encyclopedia, or an Internet source for research. Select one of the following answers:
Part of Culture What part of culture fathered the winged name of your choice? Some research on the Internet should provide the answer. Pick one of the following variants:
Select an idiomatic expression that contains a proper noun. It must be one that either you or someone you know uses in his/her everyday speech. An idiom is a phrase that is not used literally. One simply has to know what it means. For instance, Achilles’ heel means a weakness that could cause something to fail. A Jack of all trades is a person who is able to do many jobs or tasks.
Analyze your idiom and answer the Report Form questions.
Examine and graph the community’s findings and see if you can find answers to the following questions:
- Are winged names common everywhere?
- Are some winged names more common than others?
- How often are the names of mythological Greek heroes used in idioms?
- What kinds of winged names are most common? For example, is the name a real or fictional person, etc.
- What are the most common origins of winged names?
- Can you detect any trends for the origins of idioms?
- How far have some winged names travelled?
- Why do you think some winged names have become so widespread around the world?