Month: May 2016

paint the town red

Go on a spree, usually drinking and dancing, but can refer to other activities. According to the Handybook of Literary Curiosities, by William S. Walsh (Lippincott 1892), the expression is American slang meaning to go on a reckless debauch, to be wildly extravagant. Originally, the metaphor applied to bonfires painting the sky or scenery red. An old Irish ballad contains…

the world is my oyster

An oyster may contain a pearl, and a pearl has great value. I am seeking my fortune in the great wide world, which is thus my oyster, for it may give me a pearl. The phrase is often used as an inspirational tool to stress that people have choices — that the world is theirs — that they can do…