Fun Fact November 10, 2020.
10 November 2020
I hope you’re not feeling under the weather. You can imagine a person, dragging themselves through a driving rain, dejected and despondent. On top of that they may be feeling ill. A visual of being under the weather. The origin of the idiom is from the nautical world. According to the website The Phrase Finder, in older times, when a sailor was feeling seasick, he would be sent below deck so he could get away from being under the harsh weather. Another source, a book called Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions by Bill Beavis and Michael Howorth, this phrase originally meant to feel seasick, but that the term is actually “under the weather bow.” The weather bow is the side where all the worst weather is blowing. The earliest appearance of the idiom in print is from the Jefferson Daily Evening News newspaper in 1835. Thanks to Know Your Phrase dot com for the information.