Cliche Sunday

Well, I would like to skip today, but as I skipped last week, I guess I will be a good girl!

My husband and I built a small greenhouse out back by the vegetable garden. It came out good, but the instructions were not top-notch, and it took from 9:15 am to 5:30 pm today. I got nothing done besides that, and unfortunately, no napping either! Ah well. Pretty sure I complained last time I did clichés too; that means it must be spring and we are busy, busy, busy getting things done for the farm.

So on to the clichés of the day:R!

rank and file: ordinary people in the group rather than the leaders. This phrase originated in the military, from the soldiers who formed ranks when doing drills in front of the officers. It comes from as far back as the sixteenth century:

To learne to keepe his ranke and file orderly
Robert Barret, The theorike [sic] and practike of moderne warres, 1598

revenge is a dish best served cold: vengeance is most satisfying when done after the fact, when well planned out. Although this sounds like it might be Shakespearean, or an even older classic phrase, it comes from the 1800s. The first written example is an English translation of a French text, so the actual origin is up for grabs.

And then revenge is very good eaten cold, as the vulgar say.
Eugène Sue’s novel Memoirs of Matilda,  translated into English by D. G. Osbourne 1846

rise and shine: getting up and heading off to start  your day in  timely fashion.  And who hasn’t had a parent tell them that it was time to rise and shine? I know I heard it a lot as I rolled over  and tucked myself deeper in my blankets. The phrase itself comes from the Bible, although it is found in many other religious texts as well:

They [the Christian saints] shall so rise and shine, that the glory shall rise upon them
The Testimony of William Erbery, 1658

rock and roll: of course, we all know what rock and roll is. But when and how did the term come into being? The phrase was used in a  1930s movie, and had some other meanings as well before a dj named Alan Freed was came up with a radio show named “Moondog’s Rock n Roll Party in 1951.



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