Our entire English class passed the test with flying colors!
This particular saying is so prevalent and innocuous that it doesn’t even seem to have an origin. But it does. A pretty old one. FLYING COLORS, WITH – George Farquar, ‘The Beaux’s Stratagem (1706). Victorious; extremely successful. The term comes from the practice of a victorious fleet sailing into port with flags flying from all the mastheads. By the 1700’s this phrase was being used figuratively, signifying any kind of triumph.” According to “Fighting Words: From War, Rebellion, and other Combative Capers” by Christine Ammer (NTC Publishing Group, Chicago, Ill., 1989, 1999).
Who knew a phrase that is usually an indication of success or prevailing over an obstacle has its origin in victorious warring fleets? Then again, snatching the last sale-item on the rack gives me a zing that feels pretty darned atavistic.
Grammar Punk Sentence: P E 4
Beaming with pride, Estelle knew she’d passed the “How to be a Better Princess” course with flying colors; she’d show that Prince now!
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