From the bottom of one’s heart is an idiom. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase, or phrasal verbs that have a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. These figures of speech often use descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often colloquialisms or descriptors that are spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase or expression 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, bite the bullet, beat a dead horse, hit the nail on the head, kicked the bucket, blow off steam, jump on the bandwagon, 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. It is possible to memorize a list of idioms, but it may be easier to pay attention to the use of idioms in everyday speech, where peculiar imagery will tell you that the expressions should not be taken literally. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic phrase from the bottom of one’s heart, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.
From the bottom of one’s heart means that something is being said sincerely, that one’s intentions are genuine, that one is feeling strong emotions. The idiom from the bottom of one’s heart was first used in the 1500s, but it is linked to the Greek idea that the brain pumped blood throughout the body and the heart was the seat of feeling and thinking. The imagery is of the most profound, deep-seated feelings residing at the deepest part of the heart.
Hall also had been charged with a second slaying, and from the Texas death chamber gurney said he apologized “from the bottom of [his] heart” to the families of both of his victims “for the pain and suffering [he] caused.” (The Los Angeles Times)
Finally, Pope Francis thanks the people of Thailand “from the bottom of” his heart for all of the preparation that is going into his visit, and assures that that “in these days” praying for everyone in Thailand. (Vatican News)
“He said he apologized from the bottom of his heart and said he has given a lot of thought to why he acted out the way he did that day,” Whiting said. (Pamplin Media Group)