Why We Say: #16
This round involves some flash and splash in terms of remberance…
Flash in the Pan
We know the story: a new talent comes on the scene, everyone is appropriately dazzled, and whist and fizzle, the name fades from view. The expression “flash in the pan” comes from 17th century muskets and how the flint sparks ignited the powder in the loading pan. The powder, like flashy talent, gave off a spark, yet had no significance or long-lasting effect.
Flirting is a behavior most associated with women, although I’ve known a few men who can rustle up the attraction factor as well. However, I don’t think too many men would consider waving a fan about to get attention, which is from where our term of “flirting” originates. Women desiring the attention of available men at dances, balls, or other gatherings would practice the fine art of waving or flirting their fans about. Fans are out, but flirting is still in play today. Perhaps words and actions have replaced the fan’s muted motions.
These are garden favorites of mine. Every year I faithfully sprinkle out seeds and hope for the best. Not as many pop up as I hope, yet once planted they perk up the summer landscape with their multitude of blooms. Now that I’ve discovered their story I appreciate them even more. I’ve added a wee bit more to the snippet I found:
Once upon a time, (like all great German tales start), a dedicated knight decided to surprise his lady-love. Making his way down to the banks of the Danube river he began to pick a bouquet of the blue-star flowers that grew there. So intent was he upon gathering the flowers that he did not notice how close he was to the edge of the riverbank. Alas, the ground gave way and he fell in. Being a fighter and not a swimmer, he found himself being swept away by the river’s current. His lady-love rushed along the riverbank, yet she was not a swimmer either. Before the river claimed the gallant knight he tossed the remaining flowers he held in his hand towards his lady and called out “Vergiss mein nicht” asking her to “forget him not.” It’s said the lady never married and instead of black she wore the gentian blue of the little flower, as her way of always remembering her lost knight.
Next time we’ll look at different ways a person gets burned…
The “flash in the pan” origin story surprised me. I always figured it had to do with prospectors and fool’s gold.
The “forget-me-not” story, on the other hand, doesn’t surprise me at all. Those Germans sure aren’t known for their whimsical stories, are they?
Yeah, don’t read the original Grimm tales–scary.
I’ve read ’em all — and I couldn’t find a single “happily ever after”.
Those Germans–their humor is needing some alignment. My Deutches side is balanced by my jolly Scots blood. So that explains why people only take me hslf-seriously.
I’m a quarter German, so I don’t perspire from the knee down.
Yes, there are those hereditary benefits other people envy.