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What is the origin to the idiom 'Variety is the spice of life'?
Diversity makes life interesting, as in Jim dates a different girl every week--variety is the spice of life, he claims. This phrase comes from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785): "Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
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It comes from the King James Version of the Bible, in Matthew 5:13, which says: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salt…ed? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Salt was more valuable than gold in the ancient world. When Jesus said to his disciples, 'Ye are the salt of the earth.Ye are the light of the world.' he was saying they were more valuable than gold, and by extension, so was anyone who would suffer persecution for their loyalty to him. The phrase has been used ever since to praise the very best kind of people. It has come to be typically used to pay a compliment to the finest common folk, humble, unsung heroes, decent, hardworking, dependable and unpretentious, the type that quietly give of themselves for the benefit of others and their community.
Wow, I do not know how I know this, probably my dad told me years ago and I've just retained it for an occasion such as this. In the times when there were town crie…rs that brought beople the news, they would start at the town hall which would be at the center of the town, and they would work their way around the streets all the way out to the outskirts. This often took a whole day, and so those that lived near the centre found out in the morning before going to market and generally socialising. Those that lived near and on the outskirts wouldn't find out until evening, and so would be always talking about yesterdays news. But to them (and you must understand they were the majority AND the ones more likely to use phrases such as streets ahead) it seemed more like the others were ahead rather than themselves being behind. Therefore those close to the centre were 'streets ahead' of those that were literally streets behind. Hope that answers it for you, and until QI disproves it, good-bye Acey~Nz
Busman's Holiday - spending your free time doing the same thing you do during work In London, during the late 1800's, buses were pulled by horses. Some bus driver…s loved their horses so much that on their days off from work, they would ride on their own buses just to make sure that other bus drivers took good care of their horses.
'Cheek by Jowl:' means - nery close together, side by side It originates from: The Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare - if two people are together with one pe…rson's cheek right by another person's cheek (jowl), they are pretty close indeed.
Sitting Pretty - to be lucky or to be in an advantageous position origin: this American expression comes from the early 1900's. Sitting is a comfortable position… and pretty is an adjective suggesting beauty, leading to the suggestion of an easy, favorable situation.
Take a powder - to leave quickly; to sneak out Origin: By 1925, this was a popular expression in the US. Powder referred to the explosiveness of gunpowder - if yo…u flee so you won't get caught for something, you are taking a powder.
Upset the Applecart - to spoil or interfere with a plan; to obstruct progress Origin: Originated from the 1800s whereby a farmer would bring his applecart loaded …with neatly piled, fresh apples for sale. Along comes a clumsy oaf who knocks over the cart, spilling all the apples.The farmer's plan to sell the apples is spoiled.
first take a pen.write an essay.then ur essay is written:P
There is a game of Twenty Questions. One person decides on a secret thing or person to think of. The other has 20 chances to ask yes;no questions to narrow down and guess the …answer.
In the 1890-1900s, many saloons had a "free lunch" for customers- sandwiches, pickles, boiled eggs, etc. to encourage them to stay and buy drinks. Sometimes a penniless man (a… bum in the term of the day) might slip in to the saloon to grab a bite of the "free lunch"- without buying drinks. If the bartender spotted him, he was about to get the "Bum's Rush"- out of the door and into the street.
We may not know the origin with any certainty, but it's a very old idea. The French say one fights with "bec et ongles" (beak and talons), and they apparently got the idea fro…m the Latin phrase "unguibus et rostro." The Latin survives as the motto of the old Roman town (now in France) of Valence in Drome. In Latin, there's the idea of fighting with the entire body and every nail ("toto corpore atque omnibus ungulis"), which is credited to Cicero. Interestingly, "red in tooth and claw" is a more recent development, coming from a poem by Tennyson. Apparently "tooth and claw" was already in common use and may be related to "tooth and nail."
a female said in 1739 that her husband lost his head and she was going to be killed because her husband was a spy.
Basically, people enjoy variety. So, no matter how much I like spaghetti, I still do not want to eat spaghetti every single day. I would rather eat a variety of meals. Similar…ly, I like to wear a variety of clothes, watch a variety of TV programs, visit a variety of locales, socialize with a variety of friends, and so forth. Variety is always better than monotony.
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The idiom, "spice of life", means that you can do something to make your life more exciting. Do something that's daring, challenging, fun; something that's worth living for.
For over 1500 years the accepted explanation for the origin and variety of life on earth was based on what?