For Read Write Poem
With words like codswallop, it’s clear that Read Write Poem member Marie Gauthier means business! Now is not the time to let your NaPoWriMo work ethic slack.
Clichés, idioms, what-have-you. As points of inspiration, you might think they’re dead in the water, but that’s a load of codswallop. Time spent investigating word origins is never time wasted. “Left in the lurch” is one example. Here’s what The Phrase Finder says about it:
There are suggestions that lurch is a noun originating from lych – the Old English word for corpse, which gives the name to the covered lych-gates that adjoin many English churches. The theory goes that jilted brides would be ‘left in the lych (or lurch)’ when the errant bridegroom failed to appear. The lych-gate is where coffins are left when waiting for the clergyman to arrive to conduct a funeral service. Both theories are plausible but there’s no evidence to support either and in fact lych and lurch are unrelated.
For our purposes, it doesn’t matter whether the derivation pans out as true or not. Your inquiries are meant to be catalytic crackers. Surely “lych-gate” stirs an idea or two!
So for today’s prompt, travel a while on The Phrase Finder website until you find the phrase or phrase origin that most interests you.
There are no hard and fast rules. The Phrase Finder has phrases from the Bible, from Shakespeare, phrases coined at sea, something for every taste. Take some notes, do a free-write or three, and see where a little word exploration takes you.
http://www.phrases.org/meanings/163400.html GOOD MEN AND TRUE
Dependable men, of rank and honour. The phrase was adapted later to 'twelve good men and true', indicating the twelve (originally all men, now both sexes) of a criminal jury.
From Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1599:
DOGBERRY: Are you good men and true?VERGES: Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul.
A study of Good Men,
uses of the word ‘Good’,
and what we believe to be True.
Finishing off with comparative and superlative forms of ‘Good’.
Good – adjective; Better – comparative; Best - superlative
GOOD MEN AND TRUE
Good patients follow
the good doctor’s advice;
avoid Caffeine; Alcohol.
If they know what’s good for them…
As for my good self,
this is good news; and bad.
… I don’t like Irish Coffee…
but I do like a good drink…
I’ll try to be good,
armed with good intentions
(whether I agree, or not).
What good would complaining do…?
A good thing I know;
one good deed deserves
another one in return,
and good things come to those who…
Wait…! Think, my good man.
The Good Book tells us Jesus
could turn water into wine
… and saved the good stuff till last…
That was a good gig!
A good night had by all;
a wedding to remember,
followed by a good night’s sleep…
Good morning…! Headache…?
A good hangover cure;
a cup of strong, black coffee,
as brewed in the good old days…
I’ve lived the Good Life
and I’ve Fought the Good Fight,
but soon I’ll draw my last drop.
All good things come to an end…
A good point to note
before I say ‘Good-bye’.
A better world awaits me
… to the best of my belief…