Month: January 2018

off one’s rocker

Crazy, demented, silly, insane, out of control, behaving in a strange way. Similar phrases are: off one’s trolley, off one’s nut, off one’s head. This expression has been in use since the mid-1800s. Written examples: 1923 “The Duke is off his rocker.” The Inimitable Jeeves by Wodehouse. 1932 “It’s going to be awkward for us if the Emperor goes off…

beauty is only skin deep

Physical beauty is superficial. It tells us nothing about what’s under the skin. Similar phrases are: All that glitters is not gold. Appearances are deceptive. Internal reality is often different from external looks. Never judge by appearances. Never judge a book by its cover. The cowl does not make the monk. This proverb was first found in a work by…