Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fie On It!

No, that's not a typo. "Fie on it!" Can you tell me where that came from? Seriously, it's worth a prize if you can tell me.

So, why am I asking? Well, I was--um, volunteered to give not one but two presentations tonight. Now, just who would do such a thing? My husband, of course! Yep, it was Webelos Den Meeting night tonight and I helped the boys earn their Communicator badge and the Communication belt loop.

Did you know there are about 6,500 languages in the world? Did you know that about every ten days, one of those languages dies? In other words, that means the last person who could speak that language dies. At that rate, in the next hundred years, the number of languages will be cut in half. That's sad; don't you think? Fie on it!

So, what does that expression mean and where did it come from? That's your challenge.

What's that? That's too hard? Okay, how about a few more clues.

1) It comes from something I had to memorize in high school. More specifically, it comes from a famous soliloquy.

2) An unweeded garden grows to seed.

3) What a tragedy!

How's that? Oh, and the fact that the author couldn't be more well-known.

That's it. The first person to comment with the correct answer will get a free file and I'll even hold another random drawing from all the comments received for another free file. Good luck!

Until next time, Happy Creative Time!

26 comments:

debenj said...

Ohhhhhh .... it's from something I could never get into "Shakespear Plays". Could mean several things such as dislike, dismay,

debenj said...

Forgot to add.... don't you love it when you get volunteered to do things! LOL Good Ole DH always seems to get me involved wether I want too or not... got-ta-love-em

Renae said...

It is from Shakespeare's Hamlet and is probably all three! I am just assuming you had to learn it at school.

Tina said...

It means "A curse upon it!" and it's from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Thanks to Google. :)

Bren said...

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Bren

CutItOut said...

Fie on it is from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is a term of disgust. Hope I got that right.

Esther W-B said...

Shakespeare's Hamlet?

Kathlynn Uenaka said...

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, who says, " Fie on it. Ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed....

Anonymous said...

Hi Ileana, 'tis a quote from Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 2 if I am not mistaken! Hamlet isn't my fav Shakespeare play, I loved the Tempest. Haven't been able to get onto your blog for a while - life dramas have got in the way lol!! Can you hear those sleigh bells getting closer, cos I can and I am trying to shut out the noise, ha ha. Nothing is ready... but I will get there.
Hugs
Andi

Sandy said...

Hamlet

Sue aka barracudasue said...

It's from Shakespear's Hamlet! Something about a curse, if I remember correctly!

Sharon said...

It is an interjection. It means a curse on it or for shame, nonsense, to express disagreement or disapproval. Shakespeare's Hamlet delivered this soliloquy.

TammyB said...

That would be Shakespeare's Hamlet Act I Sc.2. It's a word used to show mild disgust. Have fun giving your presentation tonight :) Webelos are great fun!

TammyB said...

That would be Shakespeare's Hamlet Act I Sc.2. It's a word used to show mild disgust. Have fun giving your presentation tonight :) Webelos are great fun!

Trisha said...

Oh! I know this one! Hamlet, Act I by Wm. Shakespeare.

Trisha

Elizabeth said...

It comes from the Shakespeare play "Hamlet"

Elizabeth said...

Oh wait, you wanted to know what it meant as well....I am not exactly sure, so please enlighten me as I would like to know. I am not to good with Shakespeare. I can barely remember high school english classes..ROFLOL

Carol said...

So, from my google search I found that it comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet and Fie is a word meaning disgust or displeasure.

Carol

Lisa Avolio said...

It's from William Shakespeare. Hamlet:
"Fie on it! Ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!"
It means something along the lines of "A curse on it!"

Trisha said...

Shakespeare's Hamlet! I thought I answered, but it must not have gone through.

Trisha

pam said...

It's from Shakespheare, and means shame or dissaproval
Pam

amayo said...

Shakespeare's Hamlet and it kind of means curses! or something along that line...

Rebecca said...

I guessed Shakespear, but could not tell you which play it was from unless I googled it. The only Hamlet I could ever get into was the one with Mel Gibson. :)

Rebecca said...

I guessed Shakespear, but could not tell you which play it was from unless I googled it. Shakespear was always way over my head. :)

Cindy's ScrapArt said...

It's from Hamlet.

PS Your hubby sounds like mine. He's forever volunteering me to do things since I work from home...!

Human to Bear, Boris & Tasha said...

Definition: For shame! Nonsense! (Used to express disagreement, annoyance, or mild disgust)

Example from Shakespeare: "Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis [the world is] an unweeded garden (Hamlet, alone on stage, Act I, Scene II)