Fun Fact #13: We are talking ‘hay/hey” here!

colloquial in a sentence

Have you ever listened to people talk on the train or in the mall and paid attention to their grammar, accent or perhaps tone?  Many people use sayings and phrases, might I say, sometimes incorrectly. Old time sayings have been around forever because they ring true. Some date back to Shakespeare:

‘All that glisters is not gold.’

(The Merchant of Venice Act 2, Scene 7)  

We use sayings and colloquialism throughout the day and in all aspects of our lives from sports analogies to working and parenting. I read this comment online and the noticed the spelling was incorrect:

“In his hayday, he was the best quarterback in the league!”

Heyday has nothing to do with hay. The term ‘heyday‘ refers to the best time of your life.  Prosperity, happiness, and excitement. There is no correlation here to dried grass or cow feed!

Many times, we assume we know the meaning, spelling, or use of a word or term. If you get a feeling inn the pit of your stomach shouting, ‘hmm, is this right?’ Take the time to search it out or look it up. You will not be sorry, and you could learn something very cool along the way!

So, let’s make hay while the sun shines and make the most of our opportunities. Because you never know,

“When opportunity knocks a pessimist dials 911;
when opportunity knocks an optimist sets the table.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Enjoy the day!

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