First let’s do last clichés:
To Put my Food Down—To take a firm position. This refers to putting one or both feet in a fixed position, which represents a firm stand. Versions of this exist from the 16th century on. It became current in 19th century. See the OED cites James Payn’s The Lack of the Darrells (1886).
To Keep Body and Soul Together—To sustain life, sometimes just barely. This frequently describes a job that pays scarcely enough to live on. This term refers to the idea that the soul gives life to the body, which dies when the soul is separated from it. This dates back to the early 18th century cliché around the mid-19th century. See Manchester Guardian (1974) by Susan Lowry.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword—Writing is more effective and powerful than fighting. This appeared as a proverb in 1571 (“No more sword to be feared than the learned pen”) and then took a different form in Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621): “The pen is worse than the sword.” It appeals to writers ever since. See Time Magazine (1990) “The Pen is Mightier” article.
How many did you find?
Well, it’s par for the course that I missed a few weeks of blogging. Had company and I celebrated my birthday, and still, I’m alive and kicking.
I’m wondering how many bloggers do you follow? How many do you follow faithfully? How come?
When I find a blogger that gives me writing information, I sign up for their email, so I get alerted when they blog. I have to own up to the fact that maybe not all of their writing interests me, but usually it benefits me in some way. Some of the ones I follow are: Frances Caballo; Jan Friedman; Live, Write, Thrive;
What bloggers do you follow? Do they have signups to be sent when they are out?
Keep learning and Writing,