Idiom of the Week – “be under the weather”


Idiomatic expressions are one of the things that makes a language unique.  Two countries may speak the same language, but their idioms give them just a little bit of difference.  Certain expressions that are used in the United States, for example, may make no sense to a British speaker.

Idioms and color add flavor to a person’s speech, and being able to use idioms gives the speaker a greater familiarity not only with the language, but the culture as well.  Here at the EC Miami English School, we try to present idiomatic examples to our students on a daily basis. People often get sick.

It happens to all of us.  It can be something minor (a cold, for example) or something much more serious which requires visiting a hospital (as is illustrated in the picture above).  When a person is under the weather, they may choose to stay home from work/school and rest in bed (or on the couch!).

Sometimes, when you are under the weather, you need to visit the doctor and to get medicine prescribed to you.  Being under the weather can be a miserable experience, and  can create different feelings for a person.  People who are under the weather may need help from family or friends until they get better.

Some of us, when we are under the weather, simply want to be left alone.  (When I was under the weather as a child, I HAD to have my special blanket and Winnie-the-Pooh with me or I wouldn’t get better!  — Mark) Saying you are under the weather is just another way of saying that you are sick.  

Feeling under the weather?  Stay home!  Get rest!