1. The whole family considers themselves the salt of the earth.
Meaning: a person or group considered to be the finest, most admirable and noble.
Origin: For thousands of years, salt has been one of the most valuable, useful, and desired objects. At one time, Roman soldiers were even paid part of their salaries in salt (proving they were "worth their salt" <-another idiom). The expression is even found in the Bible (Matthew 5:13). It is a metaphor that describes the finest people on earth as being as significant as the extremely important commodity of salt.
2. My daughter wanted to bring her Hello, Kitty doll to school. It's her security blanket.
Meaning: a person or thing that an insecure individual holds onto for emotional comfort or psychological reassurance.
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(Yes, Charles M. Schulz coined the term.)
3. These cars are selling like hotcakes!
Meaning: sell quickly, effortlessly, and in great numbers.
Origin: In the late 1600s hotcakes (pancakes) made on a griddle were the best-selling items at fairs, benefits, and events. By the mid-1800s the expression "selling like hotcakes" was transferred to any product that was being rapidly bought up by the public. (I always wondered where these hotcakes were being sold from.)
4. Listening to April's voice sets my teeth on edge.
Meaning: to cause annoyance or discomfort to someone.
Origin: You can find this saying in several places in the Bible. But...have you ever bitten a piece of tinfoil? Ever hear someone scratch their fingernails down a chalkboard while you were close by? Ever listened to two cotton balls rub together? You probably felt a sharp, shuddering feeling that made you gnash your teeth together, triggered a tingling sensation in your jaw, which stimulated your salivary glands, filling your mouth with saliva. It's such a singular sensation that you don't easily forget it...and you're possibly feeling it now, just remembering what that feels like. I know I am. :shudders:
LOL. Okay, I'm sorry. Don't hate me for leaving you with that sensation.