Wordy Wednesday – “Sick at heart”

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This week’s did ¬†you know is the phrase “Sick at heart”, a phrase that first appeared in Hamlet.

For this relief much thanks; ’tis bitter cold
And I am sick at heart.
–¬†Hamlet¬†(1.1.10), Francisco to Barnardo

The  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms phrases it best:

Grieving, very disappointed, dejected, as in We were sick at heart when we learned of her predicament . This idiom, which transfers heart disease to unhappiness, was first recorded in 1581.

Francisco isn’t a major character in the play, but this is one of the more well known lines. It certainly reflects the gloomy atmosphere of Denmark.

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