Posted by Smokey Stover on February 22, 2006
In Reply to: The bloom is off the rose Posted by Stephen Edwards on February 22, 2006
: What does the phrase "the bloom is off the rose mean. What is its origin?
When the bloom is off the rose, it means, figuratively, that whatever you are talking about has lost its first freshness, it's former beauty and allure. Literally, it means, of course, that the blooms of the rose have withered and dropped. Similar phrases were used in the 18th century, but I don't know about that particular phrase, which is now quite common. It connotes a degree of disenchantment, and when was that not common?