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LSome health-related sayings have interesting origins
anguage is shaped by many different the phrase has evolved. his bread.” Other sources trace the phrase influences. Over time, certain phras- to ancient
es become part of the vernacular “Strong as an ox” Rome. Ap-
and are spoken to signify how one The idi- ples can
acts or feels, including phrases about health om “strong have many
and well-being.
Some phrases may inspire curiosity as to
their origins. The following health-related phrases have some interesting backstories.
“Fit as a Fiddle”
The phrase “fit as a fiddle” is often used
as an ox” has
long rep-
resented a
person who
is unusually
strong and
able to per-
severe. Be-
cause oxen are large beasts of burden that were used instead of horses by American settlers before railroads were created, any- one compared to an ox would have to be someone capable of strong physical labor and ability.
health ben-
efits, but no
research has
that eating
an apple
daily will safeguard individuals from any particular illness. A 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine did find that peo- ple who ate an apple required fewer pre- scription medications than those who did not.
“Survival of the fittest”
Again, the word “fittest” initially did not represent physical strength or well-being. Rather, in this phrase, attributed to Herbert Spencer and later to Charles Darwin, fittest referred to those who were best suited to their environment, or more plainly, those who were best able to survive. Today, it can mean anyone who is able to rise above the odds against them or beat the competition.
to describe some- healthy and full what does fit- do with an in- anyway? Actu- According to The “fit” didn’t orig-
one who is very of energy. But ness have to strument, ally, very little. Phrase Finder, inally mean
ai Valley News Mind, Body, & Spirit edition
healthy. It was actually used
to represent the words “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
“suitable and 4.9375s”eexm6l.y2.5”” Therefore, something
Many believe this phrase to be a helpful rhyming device to remember to eat healthy food to maintain good physical health. How- ever, according to Snopes, the first known version of this proverb comes from Wales in 1866 and stated, “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning
that is fit as a mean it was its purpose. f r e q u e n t - one’s physical
fiddle would suitable for Now “fit” ly refers to shape, and
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