Did you ever wake up one morning and wonder how you were going to get everything you had on your plate done within the eight hours allotted to getting it done? This brings me to an “idiom” that is usually associated with the mood we place ourselves in when facing such a situation. Think about it – we have a ton of things to do and only a few hours (well, eight hours is a bit more than a few but what can I say, I haven’t had my morning coffee yet) to do it in.

If you are like me, the first thing that pops into my head is that if I am going to make any headway in the list of things I want to do I am going to have to move “like a bat out of hell!”

What does that even mean? Well, if you look it up – the expression “like a bat out of hell” is very commonly used in English. Bats have been associated with witches since the Jacobean times (reign of James VI of Scotland). Bats fly very quickly as if they are panicking, so this is how the phrase is associated with its origin.  Source: theidioms.com

But instead, I sit down at my desk and prepare a “list of things I want to accomplish” knowing full well that I will probably not get all of them done. But, by having the list in front of me, I can pick and choose those that I feel are most important and attack them first. In that manner, when the end of the day comes and I sit down to review the list once again, hopefully, those that were of most importance will be check-marked ‘done’ and I will feel as though my day was not a total waste of time. Beats moving “like a bat out of hell!”

By taking the approach I mentioned above, one avoids yet another idiom that many people fall victim to in their everyday lives – that of “making a mountain out of a molehill.” Which, by the way, I must admit, I used to do all the time.

Again, referring to the same source, the oldest record of this particular idiom “making a mountain out of a molehill” is to be found in Nicholas Udall’s translation, 1548. It was mentioned as:

“….The Sophists of Greece could through their copiousness make an Elephant of a fly and a mountain of a molehill”

He is comparing a fly with an elephant which is a clear reflection of exaggeration. It is impossible to compare an elephant with a fly because of the difference in their size. Since then, this idiom was used rapidly in order to highlight the dramatization.   Source: theidioms.com

My point to this entire post is that if we slow down and think things through and not fly off the handle “like a bat out of hell,” the tasks before us on any given day are not those of the “making a mountain out of a molehill,” but instead are as simple as that!

Source: theidioms.com

Until next time!

6 thoughts on “Idioms and Our Days!

  1. Oh my, the idioms of our lives are what makes our language quite challenging and many are very outdated. I have been doing my best to catch idioms as they role out of my mouth. I then explore them to see if they are still a sensical thing to keep around and continue using. Most times I let them go.
    Thanks for another fun filled post.

    1. Your welcome. Try as I may, I am having a hard time meeting my own goal of one post a week and when I came across this first idiom, I got to thinking, why not write a post about it and, well, “What you see is what you get!” Thanks for reading my posts.

      1. If I may say and or give you some food for thought….your “having a hard time meeting your own goal” is a belief. You believe it to be true, so it is. Right?

        Try telling yourself (repeatedly and honestly) the opposite. Something like, “I have so many ideas for posts, one posting a week is not enough to cover all the topics.”

        It will open up new ideas and thought-waves (rewiring the brain)

        Just as you believe that “finding topics is difficult”, you could believe that “topics are plentiful.” Your choice. Everything in life, is a choice.
        Isn’t this fun??
        You’re doing great with the posts. Be kind to yourself 😀

  2. I’ve had the same ‘to-do’ list on my kitchen counter for two weeks now. Apparently it is a mountain to me – one that I don’t even want to start climbing. Perhaps if I did one thing on the list today, the rest of the items would become ‘right-sized,’ i.e. molehills. Haha!

  3. Before I even go to the end of this post, I was writing my to do list for today. It’s going to be a busy one … as long as this bat out of hell doesn’t hit the side of the mountain at some point today 😉

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