Friday, November 23, 2012

Falling By The Waist Side vs. Falling By the Wayside

How many of you have been saying "fall by the waist side?" How long have you been saying this? 

The true idiom is to "fall by the wayside" which means they fail to finish an activity or stop doing it, making it, or using it.

I guess this is one of those idioms that has truly fallen by the wayside!


  1. I received a letter from a business executive today who stated in an email, "I just wanted you to know that it has not fallen to the waist side." Uggh.

    Good definintion: To fall by the wayside is to be abandoned or forgotten over time. The image is of something dropping, unnoticed, from a traveler's kit and being left behind by the side of the road as the traveler moves on. This comes from a biblical allusion in Matthew 13:4 because Jesus talks about a sower losing valuable seeds as they fell to the wayside.

  2. Thank you for your comments. This ignorantic is used too many times!

  3. i actually thought it was "waste side" before looking it up. which made sense to me, i imagined something falling into a street gutter with the other "waste" by the "side" of the road. good to know the correct phrase and origin now though.

  4. It is a term commonly used incorrectly. Thanks again for your comments.

  5. I had never even heard it said incorrectly until just now by one of my co-workers and I googled it (which is why I am here) to see if i had been saying it wrong all my life. LOL

  6. Thank goodness for this website. I know that the saying is often spoken incorrectly so I check before using so I do not look life an ignoramus.

    Thank you, J. Fitzgerald for sharing your knowledge with us!