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Sick Sayings: Where’d They Come From?

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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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ikat12

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I know some of them...I've always wondered how they came about though!
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"Wooper1255" wrote:No. Just no. Mr. Face does not approve this. ._.Okay, okay, let's get serious.Your best friend BULLYING you? And loves it when you get mad? What the heck? SHE'S NOT EVEN YOUR FRIEND!You should have a talk with your best friend. No seriously, she doesn't have any friends cause she's a bully and no one likes to be friends with a bully...You should tell your best friend that she NEEDS to change her attitude! She needs to be more nicer to others also.Also, a best friend is: Caring, Kind, Loyal, Nice, Thoughtful, and will stand up for you against bullies, will be there if you're upset, maybe they'll even CRY with you!A best friend is totally NOT: Someone who bullies you, Someone who likes it when your madYou should ask her any of the following questions:Are you Okay?Why are you bullying me? You're my friend.Is something wrong like family issues?Questions like that are good because there may be a reason for bullying. She could be suffering from depression, or is confused or lonely. Just talk to her. Have a discussion with her. Also, you should talk to other people. Ask them why they aren't friends with your best friend. Then maybe, after they tell you what they don't like about her, you can go back to your best friend and tell her the things she needs to improve on. Also, if necessary, tell an adult like your mom, a teacher, consular, or her mom.Whatever you think will solve this conflict between you and your best friend well... just go for it. But think about the outcome too.Hope I helped, I might add some tips and suggestions to you. :3  your right and the only reason I have put up with her this long is because her dad died but I cant stand her anymore so but seriously I feel like there is another reason bcuz she has had people confront her saying "u know what I have put up wit this for a while and I have told u to stop and u don't listen and I know your dad died but that doesn't mean u can treat people like that "  but she still does it and for the past 3 yrs. I have put up with it but not anymore I will talk to her about it. Thanks.
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Wooper1255 posted in Friends:
You NEED to tell your parents or HER parents about her attitude, this is abuse from your OWN best friend! Tell an adult, don't be afraid, it's not even SILLY to tell an adult, this is serious, she is HURTING you! Tell someone before things get out of hand and she REALLY hurts you! D=
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Wooper1255
Wooper1255 posted in Friends:
No. Just no. Mr. Face does not approve this. ._. Okay, okay, let's get serious. Your best friend BULLYING you? And loves it when you get mad? What the heck? SHE'S NOT EVEN YOUR FRIEND! You should have a talk with your best friend. No seriously, she doesn't have any friends cause she's a bully and no one likes to be friends with a bully... You should tell your best friend that she NEEDS to change her attitude! She needs to be more nicer to others also. Also, a best friend is: Caring, Kind, Loyal, Nice, Thoughtful, and will stand up for you against bullies, will be there if you're upset, maybe they'll even CRY with you! A best friend is totally NOT: Someone who bullies you, Someone who likes it when your mad You should ask her any of the following questions: Are you Okay? Why are you bullying me? You're my friend. Is something wrong like family issues? Questions like that are good because there may be a reason for bullying. She could be suffering from depression, or is confused or lonely. Just talk to her. Have a discussion with her. Also, you should talk to other people. Ask them why they aren't friends with your best friend. Then maybe, after they tell you what they don't like about her, you can go back to your best friend and tell her the things she needs to improve on. Also, if necessary, tell an adult like your mom, a teacher, consular, or her mom. Whatever you think will solve this conflict between you and your best friend well... just go for it. But think about the outcome too. Hope I helped, I might add some tips and suggestions to you. :3
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Boysrock50 posted in Friends:
Yeah I had a friend in the same situation as you, he was too scared to say anything so we spoke for him. Now the 'friend' has changed and hes our mate. Just tell her straight and firmly, its the only way
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kaykay2002
kaykay2002 posted in Friends:
"Boysrock50" wrote:She is obviously NOT your best friend.I wouldn't even call her a friendShe is a bully who thinks she can have her own wayShe thinks she can control you like you're her follower because she the truth is she needs youBe smart and leave her because she's only going to keep you down and then one day she will find  friends just like her and she will just ignore you forever, thinking shes too cool for you.I would either:Tell her straight that she needs to make her own friends because you don't want to be friends anymoreor:Tell her that you don't like what she does and either she changes her ways and acts more like a friend, or you cant be friends anymore.I'm not trying to be harsh, I'm being wise and you should be wise too. Thanks I actually might try that but she is really stubborn and will not take no for an answer I have tried just ignoring her but he will kick, hit, or punch me to get attention. my parents also don't like her bcuz she is bossy. I also have to go to summer camp with her for the next 2 weeks and w have to be buddies for it so i think i might die
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