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January 4, 2011

Under the weather

He is feeling a bit under the weather, Pic: (c) Tina Baumgartner

It is winter so this is the season to talk about the phrase “being under the weather”.  This expressions means to not feel well, feel sick.

It is often used with a qualifier sch as “I am feeling a bit under the weather” which implies that one doesn’t feel well, isn’t quite oneself but isn’t really sick enough to spend the day in bed.

Here are some examples:

“I am not going to the gym today, I am feeling a bit under the weather.”  This, of course could well be an excuse for skipping a workout.

“Sorry to cancel our date on such short notice but I am feeling under the weather and would rather stay in tonight.”

The phrase seems to originate from seafaring – a lot of people get seasick from the constant rocking and rolling in rough sea and bad weather.  Most people do somewhat better below deck where they have shelter from the weather and are exposed to less swaying of the boat.

January 4, 2011

Writing on the wall

The writing is on the wall, even the birdies see it, pic: (c) Tina Baumgartner

This post is not about graffiti and the expression “the writing is on the wall” does not  imply that you would actually put pen to wall to write something.

The expression rather means that there are unmistakable signs that something bad is going to happen are obvious and visible.  It is foreshadowing doom and misfortune.

The idiom originates form the Bible where in the book of Daniel supernatural writing foretells the demise of the Babylonian Empire.  The idiom is widely used in the English language in both personal and business contexts.

Example in personal life:

“Did you hear that Ron and Ella broke up?”

“No, but I am not surprised.  The writing was on the wall all along.”

Example business life:

“xyz company is going through rough times, they might even file for bankruptcy.”

“Yes, ever since the investors pulled out the writing has been on the wall.”