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"Second Nature"

Posted by ESC on February 08, 2004

In Reply to: "Second Nature" posted by Kim on February 08, 2004

: My child asked once where the phrase "second nature" came from. Also...what would be one's "first" nature

: Kim

SECOND NATURE -- "Said of a habit or way of doing things that has become so ingrained that it is instinctive." From "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable" revised by Adrian Room (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 1999, Sixteenth Edition).

The first nature would be those things we are genetically programed to do, like, the song says: "breathing out and breathing in."