In Reply to: As right as rain posted by Smokey Stover on June 07, 2005: : : : : Where does the saying "As right as Rain" come from and what does it mean. Right as rain is a latecomer to this illustrious collection of curious similes. We put a bandage on his knee, gave him a biscuit and a cup of tea and he was right as rain. 'fit as a fiddle', or 'right as rain'.'"
: : : : Search the Discussion Forum under "rain" for more information. Right as rain is a latecomer to this illustrious collection of curious similes. Lots of others have followed in the centuries since.
SS. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa.
It makes no more sense than the variants it has usurped and is clearly just a play on words (though perhaps there's a lurking idea that rain often comes straight down, in a right line, to use the old sense). Get lots of fresh air and rest and you’ll soon be feeling as right as rain again.
: : : : RIGHT AS RAIN - "Definitely correct; just the way it should be. The allusion in this simile is unclear, but it originated in Britain, where rainy weather is a normal fact of life, and indeed W.L.
Right as my leg is also from the seventeenth century is in Sir Thomas Urquhart's translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Rabelais, published in 1664: "Some were young, quaint, clever, neat, pretty, juicy, tight, brisk, buxom, proper, kind-hearted, and as right as my leg, to any man's thinking". Or on any day of the haying season, since wet hay tends to ferment, and have you seen cows after eating fermented hay or silage? I grew up believing that there was actually something right about rain, especially as I grew up in farming country, where rain was rarely wrong. Michael Quinion, editor of the World Wide Words website, has been in touch with the Guardian to point out that the answer above, attributed to Tristan Childs, Maida Vale, England, is actually a piece that he wrote in 2000 for his site. All we need to do is tidy the house up; then it will be right as rain. Posted by Steve E on June 07, 2005. : : I agree with SS. But the alliteration was undoubtedly why it was created and has helped its survival. In good health or order; feeling or working just as someone or something should.
: : : : RIGHT AS RAIN - "Definitely correct; just the way it should be. Yes I have seen such cows and they are nasty drunks. A farmer never wants rain when he has just tedded the hay and is waiting for the hay to dry. I have a broken foot, but once I get my cast off, the doctor says I'll be as right as rain.
https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/right+as+rain. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. Phelps wrote, "The expression 'right as rain' must have been invented by an Englishman." Perhaps surprisingly, there have been expressions starting right as ... since medieval times, always in the sense of something being satisfactory, safe, secure or comfortable.
About the same time, or a little later, people were saying that things were as right as ninepence, as right as a book, as right as nails, or as right as the bank. Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary, in fear and trembling of (someone or something), the webmaster's page for free fun content, right anterior lateral hepatic segment VI, Right Anterior Oblique and Left Anterior Oblique, right atrial branch of right coronary artery. Right as rain is a latecomer to this illustrious collection of curious similes. There's right as a trivet from the nineteenth century, a trivet being a stand for a pot or kettle placed over an open fire; this may be found in Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers of 1837: "I hope you are well, sir."
In good order or good health, satisfactory, as in, In good shape, correct. SS. An early example, quoted as a proverb as long ago as 1546, is right as a line. See also: rain, right The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. SS: Point taken--I meant to say "rarely".
It was first recorded in 1894. Technical issues mean that we cannot currently remove or amend this answer without deleting the entire contents of this page, and so instead we are posting this note underneath to credit Mr Quinion with the authorship of the answer above, and to provide a link to the original version at http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-rig1.htm. "Right as a trivet, sir,"; replied Bob Sawyer. : : : Boy, does that explanation ever shatter an illusion! There's right as a gun, which appeared in one of John Fletcher's plays, Prophetess, in 1622. It could just as well be 'right as clouds' or any number of other things, but 'rain' it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration.
Julian McCarthy, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK, Rory Foster, Office of the readers' editor, the Guardian, Brewer's Phrase and Fable again, I'm afraid, but the phrase was "As NICE as Ninepence" which in turn came from "as nice as Nine pins". The expression has had heavy work since the late 19th century, but an example from 1909 (in Max Beerbohm's 'Yet Again') has the virtue of offerin two cliches in one sentence: 'He looked. In Reply to: As right as rain posted by Smokey Stover on June 07, 2005. : : : : : Where does the saying "As right as Rain" come from and what does it mean. From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985). All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. I grew up understanding the expression to be from a farmer's perspective because they depend on the rain for a good crop therefore rain was always right and could never be wrong. They get drunk! As right as rain. This simile does not make a great deal of sense, even in rainy Great Britain, where it originated, but it has survived. In that, right might have had a literal sense of straightness, something desirable in a line, but it also clearly has a figurative sense of being correct or acceptable. As right as ninepence has had a good run, too, but that has vanished even in Britain since we decimalised the coinage and since ninepence stopped being worth very much. The project would be right as rain if we could just get the servers to stay online. There's an even older example, from the Romance of the Rose of 1400: "right as an adamant", where an adamant was a lodestone or magnet. Since then it has almost completely taken over from the others. It may have first appeared at the very end of the nineteenth century, but the first example I can find is from Max Beerbohm’s book Yet Again of 1909: “He looked, as himself would undoubtedly have said, ‘fit as a fiddle,’ or ‘right as rain.’ It may have first appeared at the very end of the nineteenth century, but the first example I can find is from Max Beerbohm's book Yet Again of 1909: "He looked, as himself would undoubtedly have said, 'fit as a fiddle'"; or "right as rain". : I just HATE disagreeing with someone who agrees with me, but "never" is too strong here. Lily has sprained her ankle, but after a few weeks of rest she should be as right as rain.
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