C- Casting Pearls Before Swine, Crocodile Tears, and a Chip on My Shoulder
Today's Idioms are brought to you by the letter C. Three more idiom origins to tickle your fancy (<--hmm...wonder where that one came from?) Gah, I'm seeing idioms everywhere, now!
1. Serving filet mignon to Fred is like Casting pearls before swine. His idea of fine dining is McDonalds.
Meaning: to waste something good or valuable on something who won't appreciate or understand it.
Origin: The expression comes from the Bible (Matthew 7:6) and was later used by William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Giving pearls to swine, or pigs, would be foolish. They want mud and food, not jewels. In a similar way, wasting something good on someone who won't be thankful for it is like "casting pearls before swine."
2. Sissy cried Crocodile tears when the police officer tried to give her a ticket for speeding.
Meaning: fake tears; false grief.
Origin: Way back in ancient Rome (about A.D. 300), people were using this expression. About 1,000 years later, people enjoyed listening to a popular folktale about how crocodiles make loud weeping sounds to trap innocent prey who come close to see what all the wailing is about. The crocodiles supposedly weep fake tears even as they eat their victims (it is actually due to a lachrymal gland - it's not emotional). Later, British writers such as Shakespeare, Bacon, and Tennyson used "crocodile tears" to suggest insincere sympathy and pretended sorrow.
3. Avoid Alex, if you can. That boy has a real Chip on his shoulder.
Meaning: to be quarrelsome, aggressive, or rude; to be ready to fight.
Origin: In the early 1800s American boys played the following game: One boy put a chip of wood or stone on his shoulder and dared another boy to knock it off. If he did, the two boys would fight. Today, if a person is edgy or looking for an argument, we say he has a "chip on his shoulder" in reference to that old game.
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