Posted by: episystechpubs | October 13, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Fit Part 2

Yesterday I shared the etymology of the word fit. Today, I want to share some common expressions. These are from the same article on the Daily Writing Tips website.

· to have a fit
to become upset about something

Ex. Don’t have a fit; I’ll make your sandwich in a minute.

· hissy fit
an outburst of temper, a tantrum. Hissy may be a shortening of hysterical. [dbb: As a child, I was sternly warned against this by my southern parents. But they couldn’t control Aunt Ida as easily.]

Ex. Aunt Ida is having a hissy fit; somebody broke her garden gnome.

· survival of the fittest
The expression was coined by Herbert Spencer in reference to the Darwinian theory that animals best-adapted to an environment continue to reproduce and evolve. In this context, “the fit” are those animals suited to succeed. It is frequently used figuratively.

Ex. In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle.

· in fits and starts
spasmodically; at irregular intervals.

Ex. He’s been cleaning the garage in fits and starts.

· fit to be tied
extremely angry

Ex. When Father saw someone had left the gate open, he was fit to be tied. [dbb: My grandmother often said she was fit to be tied. And there were plenty of times (when I had to share a room with her) that I dreamed of tying her up.]

· fighting fit
at the peak of one’s physical form

Ex. Papiss Cisse says he’s fighting fit to help lead the charge against Queens Park Rangers.

· fit as a fiddle
in good health; in good physical condition

Ex. After making a full recovery from his plane crash, Harrison Ford, 72, was once again seen looking fit as a fiddle as he visited his office in Brentwood.

Note: Before the 19th century, the expressions “fit as a fiddle” and “fine as a fiddle” meant “appropriate for the occasion.”

· to fit in (1)
to belong, to assimilate well

Ex. The pledge master warned the freshmen that if they didn’t like partying, they would not fit in.

· to fit in (2)
to find time for

Ex. I’ll check my calendar and try to fit you in on Friday.

· if the shoe fits
This is a shortening of “If the shoe fits, you must wear it.” The expression usually occurs as an unsympathetic response.

Ex. GEORGE: Just because I forgot her birthday, she says I don’t really care about her.
ALICE: If the shoe fits…
The unexpressed thought is “If what she says is true, admit it.”

· to fit like a glove
to fit perfectly

Ex. That new job fits her like a glove.

· to fit the bill
to correspond to certain requirements

Ex. With your background in teaching, nursing, and music, you fit the bill for the job of camp musical director.

Enjoy your day. I hope it’s hissy-fit-free.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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