So this is the last of the colloquialisms. In the time it took me to find them all, no doubt new ones were born. It’s been an interesting exercise. Too often we take things for granted or dismiss them entirely. Think about this — Even the humble napkin had its inventor. It’s the same with language. Someone made a connection and used words to describe it.
I’ll give you an example: Three sheets to the wind is nautical in origin. But what does that have to do with being drunk? Sheets are sails and this actually has to do with all four corners of a sail being tied down. Imagine the wind filling a sail..see it bulging..the ship steers straight ahead. Now imagine the wind on a sail where all the corners aren’t tied down. The sail flaps uselessly, the ship goes here, there ship goes there. Like the walk of a drunken sailor.
I like making connections. Many years ago, a man named James Burke did a fabulous show on PBS called Connections (The episode that tied the potato to processing immigrants at Ellis Island was particularly fascinating). It’s been years since I’ve seen them. When Borders went under and the store in my area was closing, I was there with everyone else buying my stack of bargains. There on a shelf was the entire Connections series marked down to pennies. I made a bee-line and was mere inches away when a hand came out of nowhere and snatched it away. I hate when that happens. Not being one to wrestle in stores, tempted though I was, I walked away disappointed. They’re all on youtube now. If I can find a moment, I’ll watch them again. I highly recommend them.
http://www.youtube.com/user/JamesBurkeConnection Ah youtube, where would this info nerd be without you?
If you’re here for the first time, my recent posts on this blog, excluding the Sneak Peek on Sunday, have been all about colloquialisms and proverbs. Scroll back to previous posts to find Americanisms, as well as Nautical, Biblical, and Shakespearean additions to our everyday conversation.
Without further ado…I give you the last batch
Variety is the spice of life * Virtue is its own reward * Walls have ears * Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs * Waste not want not * What can’t be cured must be endured * What goes up must come down * What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts * What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander * When in Rome, do as the Romans do * When the cat’s away the mice will play * When the going gets tough, the tough get going * When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak * What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over * Where there’s a will there’s a way * Where there’s muck there’s brass * While there’s life there’s hope * Whom the Gods love die young * Why keep a dog and bark yourself? * Women and children first * Wonders will never cease * Work expands so as to fill the time available * Worrying never did anyone any good * You are never too old to learn * You are what you eat * You can have too much of a good thing * You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink * You can’t have your cake and eat it * You can’t get blood out of a stone (turnip)* You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear * You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs + You can’t make bricks without straw * You can’t run with the hare and hunt with the hounds * You can’t teach an old dog new tricks * You can’t judge a book by its cover * You can’t win them all * You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar * You pays your money and you takes your choice * Youth is wasted on the young
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What’s up next? Two blog hops ahead on the satellite blogs. Testing the Amazon affiliate service called Ask David. Two guest appearances. And yesterday, one novel in the making finally gave me a wonderful storyline and I’m going full bore on it now. I realistically see a completion before the month ends. (remember I was working on three at once) Busy busy.