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Fun Phrase Friday: Make A Mountain Out Of A Molehill

Happy Friday!!
This weeks fun phrase is, “Make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Meaning:To turn a minor issue into a major one; to make too much of a trifle.

History: The ancient Greeks said the same thing as ” to make an elephant of a fly,” and the french say ” To make a fly of an elephant.” The stretch in size from a “molehill” to a “mountain” is even bigger which is probably why the English saying got its start. That was at least 400 years ago, as shown by Nicholas Udallin his ( to use a much abbreviated title) Paraphrase of Erasmus (1548): ” The Sophistes of Greece coulde through their copiousness make an elephant of a flye, and a mountaine of a mollehill.”

 

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