Posted by Sphinx on February 15, 2004
"What one loses on the swings one gains on the roundabouts."
In this idiom, are "swing and roundabout" the playthings of children? roundabout = merry-go-round?
Then how did this idiom come about? Why with "swing and roundabout"?
BTW, do you know how did the word "seesaw" come about?
Why is it spelt this way?