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"Under the Weather"

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past week i used the expression "under the weather" a couple of times and just got to wondering where this phrase came from. Found this explanation - among a few others - at urbandictionary.com.

under the weather
During the days when ships were powered by sail, the captains log documented everything that happended during the day. As sickness could spread rapidly on a ship,there were often times where the number of sailers that were ill exceeded the space provided in the log to record their names. During these times, the excess names of the sick were recorded in the next column, which was reserved for the weather conditions of the day. Thus, it was not unusual for an ill sailor to be listed "under the weather".

How many other expressions do we use daily and never stop and wonder where they came from??
And isn't it amazing the things we can learn on the internet!!
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  • KAREN-IS-HERE
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    829 days ago
  • MARTHA-ANN
    Lovely blog Barb, I love things like this and like you tend to find out about them.

    Hope you're feeling much better today emoticon
    829 days ago
  • CAT-IN-CJ
    no wonder we still use that term. . . . really fits!
    830 days ago
  • A_RARE_BEAN
    ooo that's so interesting had no idea and I say it all the time! Fascinating!
    830 days ago
  • MBLOWERS
    Great Blog I am always interested in sayings we have so many down south. I have to laugh at some of them like I am slap dab in the middle ?????? What in the world is slap dab ?? lol I really enjoyed this thank you . emoticon
    830 days ago
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