Thank you for lending an ear to my problems


Senior Member
Hello to all,

Is the idiom lend an ear to someone old-fashioned?

Imagine you talk about your problems to your friend. Is it weird to say this? :

Thank you for lending me an ear
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s still very much in use, but probably not quite in that way.

    This example from Collins is much more idiomatic:
    They are always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice they can.


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    It is old-fashioned, but not so much so that you cannot use it. It has Shakespearean overtones, and it can sound a bit pretentious.

    "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..."

    Crossed posts with Lingo; the example Lingo shows is not pretentious.


    Senior Member
    It's a quote from Shakespeare: 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..", so it is at least 400 years old, but I don't think it's in any danger of dying out.
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