Are you under the weather?

Winter seems to be the season when we are most likely to suffer from a variety of illnesses — flu, cold and stomach viruses. Even if we are not sick enough to visit a doctor, we may feel under the weather.

The phrase, meaning to feel unwell or sick, sounds odd when used in relation to health.

Under the weather almost sounds as though a person has been caught outside in the rain or a storm.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, however, the phrase has its origins with those traveling on ships. Rough seas and winds would send travelers and sailors below deck to prevent them from becoming seasick. Therefore, people were seeking safe refuge in a place that was under the weather.

The complete phrase is “under the weather bow,” which referred to the side of the ship assaulted by the bad weather.

(Illustration by Sira Anamwong, freedigitalphotos,net)

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