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    Charlie took to the written word like a fish takes to water. That is to say; they found themselves immersed in literature from before they were born. They've been known to tell their friends how they can still remember the passages their parents read to them when they were in utero - Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and a bit of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in to balance it out. Charlie keeps their feet wet, whether they're whipping up pithy one-liners to tease your brain or busy working on their second novel (the first one is available on Amazon under a pen name they refuse to disclose). You’re sure to get a kick out of giggle-worthy explanations and outrageous hints, and still come away feeling like you’ve just expanded your knowledge base.

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    A Lot of our Most Common Expressions Came from Greek Mythology

    For real! One of the most common is “Achilles Heel” which is meant to describe a weakness. It was coined when Achilles was dipped into a river to give him immunity to death. Thetis dipped him in the water, holding him by the heel, giving him a weak spot. His heel that was exposed to the air and didn’t get any of the magical water on it was the death of him.

    Another phrase is “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” which means to be wary when things are too good to be true. This would be a reference to the Trojan War; we’ve all heard of it. The wooden horse was a gift that was used to disguise the Greeks inside that burned down the city. So, what looked like a peace offering was really a means to destroy their enemies. Some peace offering. Then there’s the Midas Touch which, obviously comes from King Midas who could turn anything he touched into gold. In our world, it means something or someone that everything they have anything to do with turns out well. Trust the Midas Touch.

    Then we have names like Adonis, obviously must have been quite handsome, and Nemesis, who needs no explanation as the goddess of retribution! These names are used on a daily basis all over the world! Want one more? The word phobia comes from the Greek god Phobos! Who knew Greek mythology was responsible for not only that but so much of our language today?

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