Wear my heart on my sleeve

Volume 2. Issue 3. Valentine’s Day Edition!

What was said? I know what you mean, I wear my heart on my sleeve.

Did someone really say that? Yes, when discussing my need to work on my poker face, my co-worker Tony replied with that.

What does it mean? Show your emotions openly, without hiding your feelings

Origin: We have Shakespeare to thank for this one.  Back in 1604, in Othello, the treacherous Iago’s plan was to feign openness and vulnerability in order to appear faithful to Othello (NOTE: The usual intent of the saying is not to deceive)

It is sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, ’tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

Another Option: Even earlier in the middle ages, knights in jousting matches are said to have worn the colours of the lady they were supporting, in cloths or ribbons tied to their arms.

Sources:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/403000.html
http://www.joe-ks.com/phrases/phrasesW.htm

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2 responses to “Wear my heart on my sleeve

  1. What a fitting one! I love this blog. And even though Othello is my favorite Shakespeare play, I REALLY like the jousting info. Fascinating!

  2. Tony

    I made a post! Great info about the jousting origin.

    I knew the Shakespeare reference, but it really shows you went the extra mile in your research.

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