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Why do people say “under the weather”?

How are you feeling today? Could you be under the weather?

If you have ever heard someone say they’re under the weather, rest assured this expression has nothing to do with hail, sleet or snow. Instead, people say “under the weather” to express that they’re feeling ill or unwell.

“Under the weather” is an idiom. The words “under the weather” might conjure up an image of someone standing under a raincloud, but idioms don’t mean exactly what the words say. They have a figurative meaning.

So, how did “under the weather” come to mean someone isn’t feeling well?

Historians believe this idiom comes from the sea. During storms, the sea would get rough, causing ships to rock back and forth, which often made passengers feel seasick. The seasick passengers would head below deck to a lower point, where the rocking was less noticeable. Passengers were then forced under the deck by the weather… and the expression “under the weather” was born!

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