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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

In the same boat.
How did "all in the same boat" come to mean equality of opportunity---or lack of it?

The allusion is to a shipwreck. When a ship is wrecked and has to be abandoned, all distinction of class must be abandoned as well. Each man must accept and share the common fate---they're "all in the same boat."(Why Do We Say It? pg 130)

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  1. Hey, I love these "Why do we say it?" posts! Keep 'em comin'! This post totally makes sense! After reading these I'm starting to think that the people who came up with these sayings were smarter then they sounded at first.. :)

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