10 Varieties of Linguistic Siamese Twins

English: Korean Siamese twins photographed in ...

English: Korean Siamese twins photographed in 1903. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One of the most intriguing aspects of idiomatic phrases is their fixed nature, an aspect acknowledged in two terms for the class of idioms distinguished by the use of the conjunctionand or the conjunction orbetween the constituent words: irreversible binomials and freezes. (They are also referred to as binomials or binomial pairs, or are identified by the colloquial expressionSiamese twins.”)


Ten sometimes overlapping variations of linguistic Siamese twins (which, because they are often clichés, should be used with caution) follow, including a category for triplets:


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