Prometheus up Close

What human kind can do is incredible – this is a close up of one of Saturn’s moons.

http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia17207/prometheus-up-close

Simon 🙂

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Phrases – More Origins

I’ve been working on this post for some time – I thought it was high time I finished it off:

Fit as a fiddle – A musical instrument has to be well maintained to be in good working order, the fiddle was possibly used because of it’s popularity at the time.

Scot Free – Scot was a tax introduced in the 12th Century, so if you got away with paying this, you were getting away Scot free.

As happy as a clam – This is the shortened version of a phrase used “As happy as a clam at high water”

Shake a leg – This was the phrase shouted to sailors in their hammocks in the morning. The sailors would then stick their leg out from under the covers so the officer could tell which were the men to get up and which were the ladies to leave alone.

Pulling your leg – This phrease has a criminal background, and those that used to steal from people in crime ridden London in the olden days… they used to literally have wires to trip people up which pulled on their leg, then someone else took their valuables whilst they were feeling rather compromised on the floor

Cock up – “Cock-up” is in common usage as another term for “foul-up” in British English. The contemporary British English usage of “cock-up” likely derives from the nautical usage of the term to describe an arrangement of the yards of a square-rigged vessel in port.

More than one can shake a stick at – Farmers with more sheep than they could control with their wooden staffs are believed to have inspired this phrase, which means you have more of something than you need. But  there’s a second possible origin. After George Washington was once seen waving a ceremonial wooden sword over the British troops he had recently defeated, other American generals began to use the expression to justify themselves when they had not been quite as successful as the great man himself was in battle. ‘We had more men to fight than you could wave a stick at’ was apparently a common excuse for failure on the battlefield.

Bare faced lie – The phrase refers to the idea that a clean-shaven face could not conceal any lies, unlike a bearded mug, which could hide all manner of deceit. But over time, the phrase came to describe a person who didn’t care whether or not he was lying and had no real intention of concealing his deception.

The writing’s on the wall – The roots of this phrase, which means that something negative is inevitable, trace back to the Bible. In the Book of Daniel, God punishes King Belshazzar for boasting and foreshadows his demise by having the words for “Numbered, Numbered, Weighed, Divided” (which all refer to how he was to be taken down) literally written on the wall.

Bottom’s up – English Navy recruiters during the 18th and 19th centuries, tried to persuade London pub-goers to join the armed forces by getting them to accept payment in the form of a King’s shilling. Dishonest recruiters would drop a shilling into the pint of a drunken man who wouldn’t notice until he finished his beverage. They would then drag him out to sea the very next day. Once drinkers and pubs figured out the scam, they introduced glasses with transparent bases and customers would be reminded to lift the pint up and check the bottom for illicit shillings before they began drinking.

Butter someone up – This comes from an ancient Indian custom of throwing butterballs of ghee (clarified butter used in Indian cooking) at the statues of the gods to seek favor.

I’ve loved finding out about all of these and I hope you guys enjoyed reading about it. I like findin out about this and if you have nay that you would like to find out about – I’ll put them into a furture post.

Simon 🙂

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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I was totally surprised to get nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Emma. I’ve not known her for very long – however I have quickly realised that shes’ one of lifes little ray’s of sunshine and there isn’t much that can keep her down. So thank you Emma – it’s great meeting you and thank you for nominating me.

There are rules for this award and they go a little something like this:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers. 6.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload.)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

How this blog started:

I started this blog back in 2013 so I could express some of the views and point that built up inside me. I won’t go over too much old ground, but bloggin has become something of a therapy for me over the last year so, I’ve seen my blog grow, I’ve got a good following and some good friends on here. I hope that keeps going and while I’m not in this for mega amounts of followers (I struggle to keep up with the ones I have sometimes) I like every new follower as this shows that I’m posting stuff which reaches out and appeals to people.

Some advice for new bloggers:

I can only speak from personal experience here. But everyone blogs for very different reasons. For me this is my voice of personal expression, so I don’t tend to worry about people’s points of view. However I don’t behave as if there’s only my point of view. I guess what I’m saying is do what makes you happy but don’t do it at the cost of insulting others or putting them down. Kind of good advice for life really…

15 Bloggers to nominate:

Here are the 15 bloggies I would like to nominate for this. Every single one of you that follows, comments, likes etc is special to me (you are… yes even you).

Geetha

lilrant

themissshweta

pursuitofanewadventure

Morgan

iamawomanandican

Laura

Meghan

Charley

cadburypom

teacuptalk

Teresa

cathleentownsend

huglooms

sarahbrentyn

As always I hope you can join in – but no pressure.

I’ve not a mix of new and old bloggies on here as a lot of you have just popped up in the last week or so and have taken the rouble to read my posts, others are some old favourites. BUT I think the world of everyone who likes, comments etc and you’re all great I don’t think any less of you but I know some are busy etc… If you feel like joingin in and I missed you out – then go for it!!!

Have a great day all!

Simon 🙂