11 08/14

7 Cute Sayings and their Origins

Ever wondered where these cute sayings come from?

Have you ever wondered the meaning and origins behind some of the cute sayings that are used by people on a daily basis in everyday speech? Where does “cheer up, the worst is yet to come” originate from? What about “the love that lasts the longest is the love that never returned”? Here we look at seven cute sayings and their origins.

1. Good night, sleep tightThis cute expression literally means sleep well but do you know where it originates from? It is believed that during the time of the English playwright Shakespeare, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes and families had to pull the ropes to tighten the mattress in order to make the bed firmer.

2. Keep Calm and Carry OnThis phrase has exploded in popularity in the last few years and is now displayed on greetings cards, place mats, mugs and t-shirts. Despite sounding cute, it actually derives from a British wartime motivational poster in 1939 just before the Second World War. Prior to the war breaking out, the British government wanted to raise the morale of the general population who are apprehensive about the dangers of war. The poster had limited distribution was never displayed publicly but was rediscovered in the year 2000 and used by several different private companies. It is believed there are only two copies of the original poster in existence and are kept in British government archives. The saying offers reassurance to the reader, encouraging them to continue in spite of adversity.

3. Cheer up, the worst is yet to comeThis famous quote originates from the American journalist Philander Chase Johnson who was born in 1866. It is one of those cute sayings that has often been repeated over the years.

4. Blood is thicker than waterThis phrase is often used by families to denote their closeness and generally is used to mean that family comes before everything else, including friendship or romantic relationships. It originates from ancient Middle Eastern culture where blood rituals took place between men. The phrase is also linked to “blood brothers” as warriors shared the blood they shed during conflict and were said to have a stronger bond than with their own biological siblings.

5. The love that lasts the longest is the love that never returned This is a famous saying from the English novelist and short-story writer William Somerset Maugham, who was born in 1874. It is commonly used to refer to unrequited love and how the most powerful and longest lasting type of love can never be returned.

6. You woke up on the wrong side of the bedWhen someone is in a bad mood, they are often greeted with this saying. In historical times, the left side of the body was often associated with evil. Innkeepers during this time often pushed the left side of the bed up against the wall to ward off evil spirits. Guests had no option but to wake up from the right hand side.

7. Did the cat get your tongue? This is said to someone when they are lost for words or are a loss for something to say. It originates from the time when the English navy used a whip called the “cat-o-nine-tails” which gave their enemies such a beating, it often rendered them speechless.

But this guy claims these are the ll time cutest quotes! you be the judge!

11 04/14

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