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Posted by ESC on October 11, 2000

In Reply to: Origins posted by gordon on October 11, 2000

: need to know the origins of over the moon, taken for a ride&
: under the weather

UNDER THE WEATHER - "Ik Marvel, a pseudonym that resulted from a misprinting of J.K. Marvel, was the pen name of American author Donald Grant Mitchell. In his 'Reveries of a Bachelor' Ik Marvel is the first to record 'under the weather,' which has been a synonym for everything from 'ill and indisposed' to 'financially embarrassed' and 'drunk,' and has even been a synonym for 'the discomfort accompanying menstruation." From Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997)