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.


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