Bundle of joy

The exact origin of the idiom bundle of joy is unknown. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom or other parts of speech is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions that native speakers understand such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, chin up, eye to eye, barking up the wrong tree, hit the nail on the head, kicked the bucket, blow off steam, piece of cake, hit the sack, and raining cats and dogs, as they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker. We will examine the meaning of the idiom bundle of joy, where it may have come from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A bundle of joy is a new baby, a baby who is not old enough to walk or talk. Usually, the term bundle of joy refers to a new baby that has been welcomed into an eager family. The exact origin of the idiom bundle of joy is unknown, but is an obvious reference to the fact that a newborn baby is usually swaddled with a blanket so that it appears to be a bundle. The expression bundle of joy appears sometime in the 1920s-1930s, and may be derived from the pop culture of the time in the form of advertisements, songs or plays. The plural form of bundle of joy is bundles of joy.


“One of the most amazing emotional and hardest days of my life,” Krupa captioned photos of herself and Nunes cradling their new bundle of joy. (USA Today)

Now that their little bundle of joy is a year old, the pair want to add to the family. (Out Magazine)

The sexagenarian, who was only identified by her surname, Tian, welcomed her bundle of joy Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital via cesarean section, according to CNN. (The New York Post)

The post was accompanied by a throwback photo of her and husband Matthew Broderick bringing their baby bundle of joy home 17 years ago. (Oprah Magazine)

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