I missed a couple of days of work last week because I was sick.
While I hate everything that comes with that, it does allow for some random thoughts as you meander in and out of consciousness (and the bathroom for that matter).
One of those thoughts concerned a particular phrase made in reference to folks not feeling well.
I’ve used the term “under the weather” to refer to myself or someone being sick.
And I tried to surmise where it came from in my medicated and illness induced stupor.
Because in my mind, you’re ALWAYS under the weather!
The clouds are always above you…the sun high in the sky…the rain falls down and not up.
Perhaps the only way you’re not under the weather is when it’s foggy, in which case you’re in the weather.
Of course you could always say you’re in the weather every day as well.
Whether it’s cold or hot or snowy or humid or whatever, you’re technically always in the weather too.
Anyway, that’s how my mind was wandering while I was sick.
Turns out it’s a term that originated back when more folks traveled by boat.
When folks got seasick, they would be sent below deck, where the sway of the boat was less severe.
And in doing so, they would be sent “under the weather”.
So now folks who feel ill, even if they’ve never gotten seasick, are sometimes referred to as feeling “under the weather”.
I’ve never been seasick, and I’m sure glad I wasn’t on a ship the end of last week.
I don’t know how many decks I would have been sent down, because I was about as far under the weather as I’ve ever been.