Fun Fact October 6, 2020.
6 October 2020
Today’s fun fact may hit you like a ton of bricks. It’s a phrase you hear from time to time and describes a very serious consequence for a certain action. It’s a exaggeration, a euphemism, of a punishment for something you’ve done or haven’t done. If I don’t get this report done the boss will come down on me like a ton of bricks. Now, will the boss actually drop a ton of bricks on me? No, but if will feel like he has. It’s a severe punishment that is delivered quickly. Another variations are like a stack of bricks. Despite all my efforts I was not able to find where or when this idiom originated. If I had to guess, someone, somewhere witnessed a ton of bricks falling on someone or something and uttered “wow, that hit like a ton of bricks” and viola, a new idiom is born.