Common Sayings EC

A Penny For Your Thoughts

This common phrase is a way of asking what someone is thinking. It was first said in 1522 by Sir Thomas More’s book Four Last Things, where he states ““As it often happeth that the very face sheweth the mind walking a pilgrimage, in such wise that, not without some note and reproach of such vagrant mind, other folk suddenly say to them, ‘A penny for your thought.’” What he means by this is that a wise man has fallen silent and in order to retrieve his knowledge, money is offered. 


Barking Up the Wrong Tree

This phrase is used when a person is making a mistake or a false assumption in something you are trying to achieve. It refers to the situation of dogs barking up trees where they mistakenly believe their prey is hiding. It was first said in 1832 in James Kirke Paulding’s Westward Ho!


Pull Yourself Together

The meaning of this saying is about controlling and settling one’s anger and emotions after being frustrated. It originated from the act of getting emotionally disturbed, idioms such as “breaking down” that describe losing control over one’s emotions. When you recover from these situations of tensity and reach poise and calmness, you actually pull yourself together.



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