Why We Say: Getting an “A” on knowing your “F” sayings
Veering slightly from the usual format, this month you get to test your knowledge on sayings revolving around “F.”Here we go:
- Why do we say “feathers his nest” when someone takes care of his business in a well and organized manner?
2. Why do we refer to someone flaky as a “fair weather friend”?
3. Why do we say “fortnight” when it is two weeks?
4. Why do we say “fork it over” when demanding something from someone?
5. Why do we refer to a sports enthusisast as a “fan”?
6. Why do we say someone is “on the fence” if he or she is undecided?
7.Why do we say “fishy” is something doesn’t seem quite right?
8. Why do we say someone is “footloose” if appearing carefree?
9. Why do we say “fagged out” when really, really tired?
10. Why do we say someone “flies off the handle” when angry?
Those were the questions. Are you ready for the answers?
- “Feathering one’s nest” refers to making the situation comfortable, just as a bird feathers its own nest to make it nicer.
- A “fair weather friend” is someone who can be only counted on during good times, which is much like sailing–clear skies, no storms is preferred.
- “Fortnight” is a shortened version of “fourteen nights.”
- Hold your hand out, now spread your fingers. Looks like a pitch fork, right? That’s the idea. A pitchfork grabs onto to something, much like fingers grasp.
- A “fan” is shortening of the word “fanatic”–someone overly enthusiastic.
- If you are “on the fence” you could go either way, which is like indecisive people–they could go either way in their choice.
- This happened to us after hot weather and salmon leftovers in the garbage. Our garage smelled “fishy”–it did not smell right.
- No, this does not refer to Kevin Bacon. “Footloose” refers to when animals, particularly horses, are released from their halter or restraints into the pasture. They are often seen kicking up their hooves, much like someone who does not feel restrained by conventions or rules. Probably more figuratively, although Kevin Bacon certainly kicked up his heels when he was dancing.
- Easy. “Fagged” is a derivation of “fatigued.”
- Watch out for those hammers or axes that have loose heads because once action gets going the head can “fly off the handle,” just like those folk who get getting going and lose control.
How did you do? Some of them make so much sense it’s easy to come up with a more complicated answer. Until next time we tackle “why we say”…