Ok, fellow word-nerds, you are hereby invited to play along with this post. Read on for the rules of engagement!
As an auditory learner – and questioner and wonderer of the highest order – I have always loved words, and I really do like to understand the history behind sayings/idioms. What is the actual origin behind showing your true colors or someone being labeled a big wig?
My mother, who passed away a couple of years ago, was quite a natural at pulling sayings like these out of thin air! And she could always surprise me by coming up with one more that I hadn’t heard before. I still marvel!
Rules of Engagement:
1. In the comment section below, list one (or more) of your favorite words or sayings?
2. Explain its meaning and/or anything more you’d like to say about it.
3. Let me know if you use the saying or the word.
*I will collect your offerings through Wednesday evening and share them in Thursday’s (February 4th) post. Unless directed otherwise, I will cite your first name along with your submission.
I will start off here with a couple of entries of my own…
The origin of a big wig comes from the 18th century when the most influential people -royalty, politicians, and the like – wore big wigs. Hence, those with the biggest wigs were the head honchos! Ha! And, yes, I still happen to use this saying.
I read somewhere that one of Mom’s sayings, “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight,” had been used as a rule of thumb for ancient weather forecasting!!
And such words that strike my fancy are:
* persnickety * balderdash * curmudgeon * loquacious *perspicacious
My brother and I know someone who is a rather grumpy sort (curmudgeon) and we have affectionately nicknamed him Mudge, so I have to admit that I do use Mudge in place of curmudgeon, but that should count, right?
Now, arise, go forth and do your word-nerd best!