Month: March 2016

keep me posted

‘Keep me posted’ is an idiom implying that one person will keep another up-to-date with information on a particular situation.  It could have several origins. For instance, the earliest Old English use denoting a long stick of wood was taken from the Latin term “postis” of the same meaning. Gradually a ‘post’ began to refer to both the pole on…

carrot and/or stick

Some people believe the proper phrase is ‘carrot on a stick,’ meaning an incentive, a carrot tied to a long stick and dangled in front of a balky donkey. Others believe it’s ‘carrot and stick,’ suggesting control of behavior by a combination of bribery and threat. Documentary evidence is scarce. The phrase “carrot-persuaded donkey” was used in 1851, and in…