Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tide You Over

I have always thought that the phrase was "Tie you over..."

Recently I have seen this spelled out everywhere and it says "Tide you over..."

And at first I was like "Ooo they messed that up but I know what they mean so I won't say anything."

But then "Tide you over..." kept popping up everywhere and I resigned myself to the fact that I had gotten the phrase wrong my whole life.  

And I was like "Oooo I am an idiot.  I think I'll write about it on my blog."

Though now that phrase just sounds dumb to me.  What does that even mean?  "Tide you over..."

Tides go in and out based on the way gravity is pulling on them because of the moon and stuff.  (Yeah I know it's a very bad scientific explanation, especially for an Earth Science teacher...get over it.)

"Tie you over" made sense to me because it was like not the best option but at least you had a little rope to help you get across the ravine.

Now all you have is a tide, which is high and low at certain parts of the day. Predictable and reliable yes but really not going to help you get anywhere.

Maybe if Wikipedia wasn't down to protest SOPA you could look it up and tell me it's origins...but I guess I'll have to wait.


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Anonymous said...

Here’s the OED’s definition of the expression “to tide over”:

to get over or surmount (a difficulty, time of stress, etc.) as if by rising on the flowing tide, or by taking advantage of a favourable tide.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that ships disembark with the tide because the tide lifts them above obstacles that would otherwise destroy the ship. :)