Famous Sayings #179 — ‘Half-Hearted’

February 14, 2020

Despite knowing that she would need to their votes in her race for U.S. Senator, Paula made a half-hearted effort to reach out to this constituency.


Travis made a half-hearted attempt to pick up the trash in the schoolyard.


Dan made a half-hearted attempt to wash the dishes, so I had to step in. I know that was the point. He thinks he’s slick.

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Since it’s Valentine’s Day is, here is a Famous Sayings post that concerns the heart. The term half-hearted is very prescient right now. The meaning is straightforward, but I was surprised to learn of its origin. Maybe you won’t be, but it is interesting.

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Famous Sayings: #48 — ‘Love and Be Loved…’

February 10, 2017

Love and be loved in return.

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The first time I heard something like this was when I watched the movie “Untamed Heart” with Christian Slater and Marissa Tomei. At the start of the film and during the closing credits, the song “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole.

Afterward, I have heard this saying a few times, and at least one time in a children’s show.

The thing is: I have never really liked this saying. After looking into its origin, I will explain why.

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