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Sick Sayings: Where’d They Come From?

We’ve all heard them – or even used them – before. Sayings like: “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach,” “It’s nothing to sneeze at,” and “She’s feeling under the weather.” But why do we say these things and where did these health-related sayings come from? Read on to find out!

Butterflies In Your Stomach

Of course, there really aren’t any butterflies or moths flying around in your stomach when you get this fluttery feeling inside. This is a way of describing the nervous feeling you may get before taking a test or going on stage. These tummy flutters are totally normal and happen to just about everyone.

By The Skin Of Your Teeth

If you pass your math quiz by just a few marks or win your race by a nose, you may say you did so by the skin of your teeth. In other words, you barely made it. Of course, your teeth don’t have any skin on them, but if they’re feeling sort of filmy, it may be time for a brush!

Give Your Right Arm For Something

If you’d give your right arm for something, it’s a way of saying you really, really want it.

Have Your Heart In Your Throat

This saying means you’re really scared or nervous about something that’s about to happen. The ancient Greek poet Homer used the same phrase thousands of years ago in his famous epic, The Iliad. The good news is, your heart can’t really jump up to your throat – or anywhere else – no matter how anxious you get. It will definitely stay put in your chest!

Keep Your Chin Up

If you’re sad or depressed, you may find yourself looking down or dropping your head down so your chin is on your chest. A chin held high shows confidence and optimism, so the next time something happens to upset you or make you feel down, keep your chin up and stay positive!

Make No Bones About It

If you’re making no bones about something, it means you’re telling the truth and being honest. This expression dates back to the 1500s – some people think it had something to do with soup. If there weren’t any bones in a soup, you could swallow it down without worrying about choking. In other words, when you’re being totally honest, people can “swallow” what you’re saying more easily.

Nothing To Sneeze At

This saying’s been around since the early 1800s and may have come from the idea that someone might turn up his or her nose at something unimportant or not worth his or her time. When you say something’s “nothing to sneeze at,” you’re saying it’s actually pretty important. For example, placing second at your cheerleading competition is nothing to sneeze at. It may not be first place, but it sure is a huge accomplishment!

Shape Up Or Ship Out

If you hear someone saying this to you, it’s time you make some changes. Your behavior or performance isn’t living up to their expectations. This is actually a military command. When a soldier was told to “shape up or ship out,” it meant he needed to do a better job if he didn’t want to be sent to a combat zone. So get it together – or get out!

Sick As A Dog

People use this expression to describe someone who’s very sick. It may have something to do with the fact that dogs will eat just about anything – and some of the things they swallow make them feel pretty sick!

Under The Weather

A grey and rainy day makes many people feel pretty icky. As such, this expression comes from the idea that bad weather can affect your health or mood.

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AimeeJury
AimeeJury posted in Style:
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Black. I'm a Filipino.
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6thBeatle
Don't worry too, you'll grow up too and live on your own, I noticed that my aunt is unfair to children (except to her child) and I can't wait to be an adult (she's afraid to adults). And when you grow up, don't make revenge to your parents, I know that you still love them. Trust me, things would get worse if you make revenge.
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6thBeatle
I understand you, but those things are worse than my experience. I am a very lonely nerd and I don't have friends. When my mom goes to work she leaves me with my unfair aunt. My aunt is so unfair, she always blames me and ignores my explanations, she always defends my 5 year old cousin even though she's wrong. She's so unfair I wanted to drink bleach or hang myself but I realized that there are more people who love me. When I was months old or maybe 1 year old my dad broke up with my mom because our family doesn't like him because he hurts my mom physically, called my grandpa a liar even though my dad knows how honest he is, and he always blamed things on me when I was a baby. I met him a month ago (maybe), and we were supposed to talk about important thing like if why he left me and other stuff like that, but instead he boasted about being the best pilot in the airport, he did nothing but boast. I never want to meet him again. My problem with my mom is that she hurts me horribly like jumping on my back, and she says hurtful things like she wanted me to die and that she loves her boyfriend (who is a jerk) more than me. I have to admit, I'm the one who started the mess, but that's no way to discipline your child. I apologized to her, but she is still pulling my hair. After we relaxed for about 40 minutes, she apologized. That's it, but my mom is really hard working and is very patient to me (but when it's too much, she gets crazy). There's always a good side of someone. I hope that there are more of your relatives and friends who love you, my advice is to write a letter to your parents, and if it didn't work well, you could always talk to the guidance in your school or your teacher, that's the only one I could think of.
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QveenAvi
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The way they are doing it is wrong,however it sounds like your parents really love you and really want the best for you. they have faith in you. when you get a 3 if they know that you can get a 4 so they address you want it. not that they don't love you.Your parents were the ones who raised you and introduced you to this life so you should always respect them and think them as your god.
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