And in the blink of an eye another Wordy Wednesday is upon us!
Searching for the next phrase coined by Shakespeare, I find myself in a pickle. How will I ever decide which phrase written by Shakespeare to choose from? Shakespeare had created so many popular phrases that are still in use even today…
Wait a minute…”I find myself in a pickle”. In a pickle. That’s it!
The phrase “In a pickle” means to be in a tight spot, or difficult position.
Although there are some early written records of “pickling” as a stew and as a preservative process for vegetables, Shakespeare was one of the first to have a figurative use for “In a pickle” in 1610 when he wrote The Tempest.
And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where should they Find this grand liquor that hath gilded ’em? How camest thou in this pickle?
I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last that, I fear me, will never out of my bones: I shall not fear fly-blowing.
But wherever did Shakespeare get the idea that being in a pickle can mean being in a difficult situation or position? It may be because the earliest “pickles” were spicy sauces made from mashed stewed vegetables. Being “in a pickle” alludes to a person being as mixed up as the stewed vegetables that made those early sauces. And now we know!