Ill wind

Posted by Baceseras on June 29, 2007

In Reply to: Ill wind posted by Elizabeth on June 29, 2007

: What does it mean: it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good?

It means to suggest the consoling thought that some good will come of even the worst-seeming circumstances, even if the particular good that comes does not come to you or to me. You may simply take altruistic consolation from that --- or you may more cynically be pleased to note that eventually you will receive the benefit from someone else's misfortune.... So it all equals out: what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.