What do this mean. I speak english, but in Ireland things mean different from U.S. What does this phrase mean? "The grass always looks greener on the other side." Thank you for help. You are very nice people.
Not to mention that the grass really IS greener on the other side of the fence, because you can only SEE it from an oblique angle, from which it better covers the patches, gaps, stones, and other imperfections. Of course, once you abandon everything and cross the fence, you discover the it's really about the same as grass everywhere.panjandrum said:Welcome to WordReference Cherry
Imagine you are a cow on one of our beautiful gently-rolling hillsides that are the envy of the world.
Imagine that you are not able to roam at will across our emerald green countryside.
You love the grass in your own field, but there is something amazingly tantalising about that even better-looking grass that is just out of your reach on the other side of the rustic hand-built dry stone wall.
As you complain loudly to your companions, a wise old cow murmurs gently to you all, "Ah, but the grass is always greener on the other side."
Things always look better in the place that you can't get to. Alternatively, people are never satisfied with what they have.
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I have always wondered where jaded came from - and never bothered to look until now.judkinsc said:Jaded = experienced and perhaps burned out from that experience. I believe it comes from the French "jadis" = "formerly."
Interesting. What year does the OED have for the first use of "jaded"?panjandrum said:I have always wondered where jaded came from - and never bothered to look until now.
Jaded = tired, worn out, fatigued, comes indirectly from the noun, jade, meaning a horse of inferior breed, a horse that is worn-out, weak, wearied and worthless.
This, in turn, comes from northern English yaud, an old mare, from jalda - Old Norse for a mare.
[Information distilled from the OED.]
1593 SHAKESPEARE. 2 Hen. VI, IV. i. 52 The honourable blood of Lancaster Must not be shed by such a iaded Groome.judkinsc said:Interesting. What year does the OED have for the first use of "jaded"?
I wonder if there's a correlation with the French somewhere.
The expression means the same in Australia as it does in the other English speaking countries of the world. I must say though that the grass is definitely greener in Ireland, so you're best to stay where you are.Never mind, I read it through and know what it means. Thank you.