We have all heard phrases from the past and wondered at their respective origins. Some words and phrases of today had archaic origins, but a number of them that we hear with regularity are in abundance in our everyday language. No doubt some of the readers of this post can dredge up some of their own words and phrases that make little sense.
I have heard many times recently the phrase, “Until you sign on the dotted line…….” I don’t believe I have seen a dotted line recently. Printers have advanced to the point that almost no one uses a dot matrix printer anymore. Therefore, there are few lines to sign today that come from a printer that prints lines as a series of dots. Perhaps we should modify our language and say, “Until you sign on the solid or continuous line……” Right?
Another saying that is definitely unreasonable is the one where an individual is searching for a lost object and declares upon finding the sought-after object, “It just had to be the last place I looked!” Well, I hope it was, or the declarant might be a candidate for a skilled psychotherapist. If one continued to search after finding an object, he or she might become a public figure around the local area, and be looked upon with pity as the butt of jokes.