THE WORLD IS AN (ONE'S) OYSTER - "If you have a lot of money, you can have anything you want. The proverb first appears in Shakespeare's play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (1600).'Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny. Pistol: Why, then, the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.' Act II, Scene II." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
: : A second reference says the phrase means: "All the pleasures and opportunities of life are open to someone because he is young, rich, handsome, successful, etc. Shakespeare invented or popularized this expression." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).
The world is yours for the taking; whatever you make of it
It comes from Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor. The world is the place from which he can extract success and profit, as a pearl can be extracted from an oyster.
Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
Pistol: Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open.
(Act 2, Scene 2)
Getting the pearl requires the oyster to be opened. But despite the hardness of the oyster shell, they can be opened with ease. Oyster shells are held closed by a single muscle called the adductor. Oysters are shucked (opened) using a thin knife to cut the adductor muscle. Once the adductor is cut, the shell falls open.
If the world is your oyster then it is a place where you can get something of great value with ease.
The proverb first appears in Shakespeare's play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (1600).
This article contents is post by this website user, EduQnA.com doesn't promise its accuracy.
More Questions & Answers...