Have you ever faced a daunting task and had friends and loved ones encourage and comfort you by saying, “Many hands make light work”?
And it turns out, not only does it feel good, it’s also good for you—hence the expression laughter is the best medicine.
No doubt you’ve been told (or at least heard) at some point in your life that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
Will Farrell, playing the legendary reporter Ron Burgundy, comically utters it along with a string of other silly sayings while warming up his vocal cords before delivering the news.
You’d be hard pressed to figure out the definition of the expression heavens to Betsy by considering the definitions of the individual words it contains.
If you’ve ever come to the realization that the great idea you had wasn’t so great after all—once you had already acted on it, and it was too late to change things—you’ve experienced the truth expressed by the idiomatic and proverbial phrase hindsight is 20/20.
Let’s explore the meaning of the phrase “good things come to those who wait” and the origin of this well-known proverb.
Have you ever heard someone remark, “For Pete’s sake!”? Did you know what they meant?
Although it’s difficult to determine the meanings of most idiomatic expressions just by considering the definitions of the individual words they contain, you may be able to deduce the meaning of easy come, easy go in this manner—at least, in part.
Perhaps when you were a child, and not wanting to take a bath or brush your teeth, your parents said to you, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
Has someone ever told you they just got “caught up in” something? Did you look around for a net or snare of some kind, a bit bewildered when you saw nothing of the sort nearby?!