idiom: phrases that say one thing but mean another. They sometimes come across as backward-speak. A quite a complicated segment of the confusing English language.
‘Face the music’ is an idiom that connotes something you might not want to look at directly, yet I find music always sounds better when you face it.
‘Dime a dozen’: I would buy just about anything at that price.
‘Go jump in the lake’ happens to be one of my favorite things to do.
‘Miss the boat’ might be unfortunate if you need to get to a place where no bridge exists, but any of us that are former boat owners smirk and say, “Miss the boat? Yeah, right…”
I generally welcome ‘Make a long story short,’ but the stories I want to be shortened are hardly ever shortened enough.
…in an attempt to make this short essay shorter let me get to the point:
As artists, being told ‘Go back to the drawing board’ should be a welcomed admonition. More and more I realize that the ‘drawing board’ is my happy place. If I said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: “Draw more.”
On the other hand, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is theoretically a positive idiom that strikes me about as unhelpful as a thousand Facebook likes.