#IOTW Idioms from The Middle Ages

Good evening, Fellas! Whoo weekend is coming! Do you have any plans this weekend?

Anyway, how was your Kartini Day? Tell us about it if you don’t mind. :D

Shout-out to the strong independent women across Indonesia, then!

Let’s get to our session today now, shall we? Our session today is #IOTW Idioms from The Middle Ages!

1.Apple of someone’s eye: a figure for a much loved person or thing. #IOTW

This phrase reminds me of a 2011 Taiwanese film. It’s a very relatable movie. :’) #IOTW #Intermezzo

Bear with me, because the explanation on how this idiom was coined is a little bit intricate. #IOTW

So in the Middle Ages, our pupils (the thing in our eyes, not students) are thought to be apple-shaped. #IOTW

Since it’s essential for our sight, it has to be cherished, loved, and protected. #IOTW

And then, et voila! You are the apple of my eye means you are my much loved person. Congratulations. #IOTW

2.To play devil’s advocate. #IOTW

Devil’s advocate is someone or a group of people who takes a position against the current conformed argument. #IOTW

Devil’s advocate’s job is to propose or bring up all evidences or opinions against current ideas to see the weak points of said ideas. #IOTW

It was translated directly from Latin ‘advocatus diaboli’. #IOTW

3.To sink or swim: to succeed or fail by own efforts. #IOTW

This phrase refers to a water ordeal, a medieval practice of judging whether a person is guilty or innocent. #IOTW

The belief was based on the water wouldn’t accept a guilty person. So if the person is sinking, then he is innocent. #IOTW

Of course the meaning of this phrase has been adjusted since the water ordeal isn’t practiced anymore. #IOTW

4.To throw down the gauntlet: to challenge someone to an argument or figurative combat. #IOTW

A gauntlet is a knight’s piece of armor that protects his forearm and hand. #IOTW

It was common in the medieval times to challenge someone by throwing down a gauntlet, hence the idiom. #IOTW

Alright, that’s it for today, Fellas! Don’t forget to check out our website http://englishtips4u.com  and see you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 22, 2016.

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