Hi everyone,

I've been thinking about writing a little collection of expressions from mythology, and possibly the Bible and literature, that have made their way into every day speech. I'd tell the background story, explain what it means, and give a couple examples of how it's used.

I'd like your suggestions for which phrases/expressions you think would be good to include. Examples might be the sword of Damacles or a Herculean effort.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts! (And do you think this is even a good idea? My 10 year old said "sounds kind of boring, but someone might like it.")
I don't know whether you will count this or not but I heard from my literature teacher that "good bye " comes from "God be with you". And, I really liked your idea, even felt jeaous because I couldn't think of this before.Emotion: smile
I think it might be helpful and interesting for the juniour students. Though it may seem boring for the older people. In any way it is worth doing because the teaching effect is really great.
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Hey there GG,
well, yeah, it sounds kind of boring... to me. Emotion: sad But you know, it's just me, I'm not ususally interested in those kinds of things. But other people could well be interested, people have all kinds of interests, so someone will definitely appreciate that. The key is: where are you going to write about that? In a blog? In a book, and then you're going to sell it? I think it's important to consider that aspect when deciding if it's worth the effort.

Anyway, my English is too poor to help you, but since you mentioned "literature", I was thinking of "Big Brother", from the "1984" by Orwell. Not sure it's really what you are looking for, though, maybe you ment "old literature"... Emotion: smile
Sometimes, I just write for "fun." I was thinking about a market for older elementary students on up.

But yes, "Big Brother is watching" is exactly the type of thing I mean. Thanks!
Tell that little sweet girl that you had a great idea! I will love to read all you have to say, but, can't come up with any ideas. Emotion: embarrassed
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Dollmy literature teacher that "good bye " comes from "God be with you".
This is weird, in Spain instead of saying "Adiós" some people just say "Con Dios", they both rhyme and it's funny. Well, it's not much said here where I live. Emotion: smile
Hi, a very good subject.

"Kokura's luck"

Kokura was the primary target of the nuclear weapon "Fat Man" on August 9, 1945. Major Charles Sweeney had orders to drop the bomb visually, but the city was obscured by clouds. Hence Nagasaki, the secondary target, was where the bomb was dropped. The expression "Kokura's luck" thereafter became common in Japan to refer to occasions when someone avoids something unpleasant without his knowledge.