What’s the meaning? The meaning of this expression is the literal meaning. What’s the origin? This relatively modern day proverb is widely attributed to Alan Lakein, the writer of several self-help books on time management from the 1970s onward.
What’s the meaning? The explanation of the problem is very easy. What’s the origin? It’s supposed to be the explanation that Sherlock Holmes gave to his assistant, Dr. Watson, when explaining deductions he had made. But this idiom doesn’t appear in the Conan Doyle books, only later in Sherlock Holmes’… Read more“Elementary my dear Watson”
What’s the meaning? A very simple task, very easy. What’s the origin? It is a comparison between a task and pie, the latter being very easy and hence the former depicts the same too. This expression seems to appear in the 19th century in the USA, the pie referring as… Read more“As easy as pie”
What’s the meaning? The hottest days of summer, usually at the end of July & beginning of August. What’s the origin? The ancient Romans, Greeks or Egyptians noticed that the hottest days of the year, in late July and early August, coincided with the appearance of Sirius – the Dog… Read more“Dog days”
What’s the meaning? The appeal of nature to a person. What’s the origin? It seems to be coming from a novel by Jack London in 1903, who wrote a novel with this name. And what about other languages? In French, it’s exactly the same meaning: “l’appel de la nature”.
What’s the meaning? A return to previously held values of decency. You can also suggest that people have become too concerned with complicated details or new theories, and that they should concentrate on simple, important ideas or activities. What’s the origin? It appeared in the 70s. At first this term… Read more“Back to basics”
What’s the meaning? Deliberately, though apparently accidentally. What’s the origin? Used in the United Kingdom since about 1880, in the United States since about 1885. And what about other languages? In French, there are three main expressions: “accidentellement fait exprès”: the same meaning as the english idiom. “comme par hasard”:… Read more“Accidentally on purpose”
What’s the meaning? It’s raining very heavily, it’s raining a lot, very strong. Other idioms? It’s pissing down. What’s the origin? Many explanations seem to explain the origin of this expression, but the explanation of this expression is really divided between two possibilities: The first being that in the old… Read more“Raining cats and dogs!”