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.”


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