Last week my Aunt Mary had a brilliant idea that everyone in the family would write a little limerick to share about my Grandmother. E-mail is such a wonderful thing now, as I can’t have seen all of us being able to do so 20 years ago in such a speedy manner. Everyone had something lovely to say and much humor was shared.

If we all didn’t say it (I know at least one of us did), I’m sure we all thought about some of the word or phrase origins that Grandma used which seemed to be very unique to her and our family. So on a whim this afternoon I decided to do a little research on one that makes me smile every time…

“…
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. ” ~ Williams Shakespeare

Found on The PhraseFinder.

ahhh yes… Grandma studied Shakespeare. 🙂

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