Who doesn’t like apples? And you know ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. The aphorism was coined in 1913. But it first appeared some 149 years ago in Wales. ‘Eat an apple on going to bed and you will keep the doctor from earning his bread’, so went the proverb in Pembrokeshire.
There are a host of apple idioms in English language. They often describe a thing or person. For example, somebody can be described as a good apple, bad apple, or rotten apple, while Big Apple is the well-known nick-name of New York City.
Do you know what an Adam’s apple is? Look at the projection of thyroid cartilage of larynx, usually prominent in men, at your neck. That is Adam’s apple.
When two people are irreconcilably different, North Americans call them ‘apples and oranges’. But the British will describe them ‘chalk and cheese’.
And ‘how do you like them apples?’ is a colloquial expression. It is mostly a sort of jeering way people, implying whatever referred so is unwelcome. Another expression ‘it’s apples’ means that everything is or will be, fine. However, it is mostly used in Australian and New Zealand English. If you are the ‘apple of my eye’ in your family, you are the object of affection. The usage dating back to Old English originally wasthe pupil of the eye.
Remember ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’. This figurative expression means that children inherit characteristics of their parents. It can be used either positively or negatively.
And what is an ‘apple of discord’? Something that is the cause or subject of strife. Finally, ‘upset the apple cart’ means to spoil a plan or disturb the status quo.