|Ever wonder where the expression "under the weather" came from?|
The phrase "under the weather" dates back to the 1800s. When sailors would become seasick, they would be sent below deck to get away from the weather, thus literally being "under the weather". Author Donald Grant Mitchell was the first to use this phrase in his 1850 book Reveries of a Bachelor, and it has since been used for everything from being "ill" or "indisposed" to "financially embarrassed" or "drunk".
Some state that the correct term is "under the weather bow". The weather bow is the side of the boat being hardest hit by the nasty weather.
Also there is the belief that the weather can affect one's health, so a sick person is deemed to be "under the weather". From this theory, it stands to reason that the weather can also influence a person's mood, rendering them under the weather as well. This is documented as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which I touched on last fall in my post Just Another Monday.
We all know the steps to staying healthy during the cold and flu season, but here's a recap so we don't have say, "Sorry, I can't. I'm under the weather."
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer when you can't wash.
- Do not touch your face - nose, eyes, mouth - that is the germ's way into your system.
- Keep your distance from those are already sick.
- In turn, if you do get sick, stay home away from others.
- And of course, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.