I’ve got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.
I thought I’d share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you – Word Origins from Left Field – that’s right, the WOLF. Er… ignore the fact that the “from” doesn’t fit.
You’ve probably never heard of John Dennis, the playwright. Sadly, it’s not words he wrote that he’s remembered for, but ones that he (reportedly) said.
For one of his plays – titled Appius and Virginia – Dennis experimented with a new way to imitate the sound of thunder for the stage. The play flopped and was pulled from the stage, but at a presentation of Macbeth, Dennis swore his thunder-making method was being used.
Dennis reportedly said, “That is my thunder, by God; the villains will play my thunder, but not my play.”
And yes, that’s how we get the phrase “to steal someone’s thunder.”