You may be wondering what on earth is this ‘Spring Forward Fall back’ business? Well, if you have not remembered that the clocks go back this weekend, then the title says it all. In Spring the clocks go forward and in Autumn (or Fall if you are North American) the clocks go back. So, remember to put your clocks back!
For the origins of this phrase see, http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/spring-forward-fall-back.html. The site explains that fall originated in England and referred to the fall of a leaf in Autumn.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you will know that I mention William Shakespeare a few times and if you are not a fan then maybe you had better look away now!
If like me you enjoy finding out where phrases originate from, then start with Phrases.org.uk, in which you will find 135 phrases coined by William Shakespeare.
Here are a few to whet your appetite (sorry, couldn’t resist):
All’s well that ends well – A risky enterprise is justified as long as it ends well. Phrases.org.uk, state that John Heywood used it before Shakespeare.
High time – The time that something is due to be done. According to Phrases.org.uk:
‘High time’ derives from the allusion to the warmest time of day – when the sun is highest in the sky.’
By the way, ‘whet your appetite’ (not to be confused with an older phrase ‘whet your whistle’) has been around since the 17th Century and refers to stimulating your thoughts so that that you develop an interest in the subject matter.
I could go on and on, but I won’t as I previously covered this subject in my series You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
Well, I hope that you enjoyed this brief jolt through the past. The next time we meet, we will all have had an extra hour of sleep! Enjoy!