Idiot or Idiom?
“I hit the ground running,” sounds to me like an answer to, “What happened to your face and why the broken arm?” Taken literally it makes little sense yet the figurative meaning suggests much more than the five words that make up the simple phrase. Idioms are an oddity of language that have been collected over time and communicate meaning, depth and brevity. Quite simply, it can conjure up a positive plan of action, a determination to pro-actively get on with a new project or way of life. An effective way to communicate meaning. The literal meaning may sound painful yet it is a positive statement. This perculiarity and efficiency of words to communicate meaning make idioms particulary useful to a public speaker.