Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The English language is full of odd sayings and phrases that have remained in use over the years. Some of these make sense...(like smooth as a baby's bottom, squeaky clean, etc.)
Some phrases are used so often that you don't really think about where they may have come from... So today, while sitting at work trying to find a way to keep my eyes open while staring at my computer, a certain phrase popped randomly into my head. "Clean as a whistle." For some odd reason, I actually thought to myself that that makes no sense...Are whistles really clean? They're in someone's mouth half the time, and fill up with saliva. Does anyone ever wash a whistle? Where did this bizarre phrase come from?
Um, yeah, so I looked it up, and found this. (You'll have to scroll down the page a bit to get to it.) Nice to know I'm not the only one who has wasted time thinking about this! And to prove that even more people have pondered this whistle issue, I found this too. (Just to clarify, I actually didn't look this up at work, but did start thinking about it there...)
Anyway, obviously, work is stressing me out, and my mind is beginning to wander...