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!