A Little Bird Told Me
No Comments »27th January, 2007; Category: General
On my writing blog I have written a series of articles about idioms. I look at the meaning of the phrases and their possible origins. Some of these idioms relate to birds. Here is another of those fscinating expressions.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A little bird told me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This idiom is thought to have come from the Old Testament in the Bible, namely Ecclesiastes 10:20.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird of the air may carry your words,
and a bird on the wing may report what you say.Ã¢â‚¬Â
It is used by people to state a fact from a secret source.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“How did you know that I came first in the race, Grandma?Ã¢â‚¬Â said Laura.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A little bird told me,Ã¢â‚¬Â replied Grandma.
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