As we’ve already established I love to find out where common everyday expressions originated. So here are some of the ones that come from the military…
Under the weather: When a sailor was sick at sea, he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck and away from the weather.
Pipe down: On a sailing ship, the signal to go below decks to sleep each night was sounded by the bosun on a pipe.
Drum up: For centuries the military used drums to get attention in public places to attract new recruits.
Cup of Joe: Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the officers’ wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as “a cup of Joe”
So there you have it! Go forth and use these knowing full well where they came from!
Until next time 🙂 Misty