English is my second language, and recently I have noticed, from reading many articles on the New York Times and other websites, that writers tend to use and reuse specific phrases such as
- “like a sponge”
- “Slippery Slope”
- “Shed light on”
In some cases, they are used as a simile. As a non-native English speaker, these phrases help me understand better what the author is trying to convey.
My question today, do these phrases have a “common” name? I would like to incorporate these phrases into my own writing and I would like to learn more about them. Is there any specific book on such phrases?