Phrase for the Week…don’t be a shrinking violet


shrinking-violetDon’t be a shrinking violet…to be called a shrinking violet means that you are a timid, shy person, and it originates from our dear friends in the U.K.

According to the website A Phrase a week; “In a poetry magazine called The Indicator, the poet and essayist Leigh Hunt drew attention to the modest wood violet when he wrote: There was the buttercup, struggling from a white to a dirty yellow; and a faint-coloured poppy; and here and there by the thorny underwood a shrinking violet.”

The expression may have originated as the lyrical name of a flower rather than a person but it is now mainly used figuratively to describe modest and introverted individuals. That figurative usage is first found in the USA.



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