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Today’s post is about asking the question “Why?”. Why do we say ….? We all know what these idioms mean, but do you know where they came from? Today we’ll be seeing 5 famous idioms and answering the question why.
1. Fair and Square
“Square” has another meaning than the shape we all know. This dates back to the 1500s. “Square” was the same thing as fair. “Fair and Square” was often used in games to acknowledge a game won without cheating.
2. Hold your horses
You can probably guess where this one comes from right? This idiom has a lot of origin theories. Here are 2 that interest me most and that I think you would enjoy reading.
- When carriages were used for transportation, “Hold your horses” could be a reference to stop or slow down the horses used to pull the carriages.
- In the 1600s, when someone broke a law, there was an unusual punishment: being trampled by a horse! It’s plausible that “Hold your horses” was used to signal the stableman to not let the horses out yet.
3. Beat around the bush
When hunters used to head out for their hunts, it often happened that their hunt was under a bush/ ran under a bush for protection. This idiom likely came along the lines of this incident. The hunters were often asked to hit or beat the bush in order to scare birds and other animals out of the bush so that the others could catch them. But here’s a question you might ask, why around the bush? Why not go straight in and beat the bush? Well, the answer to that is that beating a bush directly might unleash some dangerous creatures including snakes, bees, and other insects. Never beat a bush!
4. The last straw
“Straw upon straw was laid till the last straw broke the camel’s back.” The answer to the origin of this idiom lies in this phrase. “The last straw” is used to symbolise the last of unpleasant circumstances. Weird isn’t it?
5. Under the weather
In older times, most traveling was done via the sea route. During thunderstorms, as the ships and boats rocked back and forth, people often became seasick. They were then advised to not stay overboard and head below deck. Hence, Under the weather: as they went under due to the weather.
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