Real Talk, in which I explain why we say weird things like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.” Also, a place where I can send my boyfriend when he asks the meaning of weird phrases like “plugged nickel” or “cat’s pajamas.”
“I was in the doldrums last week, so I went home and shaved my head and felt better.”
The doldrums are literally the place in the world’s seas where there is so little wind that movement is almost impossible (near the equator, of course). But only because the doldrums first meant to be sluggish. Yes! Though many people say that the phrase came from the “region of calm winds,” the opposite is in fact the case. “Doldrum” first came to life from the word “dull,” to indicate a fit of dullness. Sailing the doldrums just came out of that.
The more you know!