wordy wednesday: burning the candle at both ends

Today’s idiom: burning the candle at both ends

Meaning: living at a frenzied pace

Origin: When this phrase first came about, it did not have the meaning it does today.  It’s original meaning was literal, where someone burned a candle at both ends, something that was considered very wasteful.  It is first found in 1611 by Randle Cotgrave in A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues.  It’s unclear when the focus went from finances to its current meaning.

Sources: phrasesrandom house.

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