MICHAEL COLLINS’ FUNERAL
“It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and this will be recorded at my expense”
Eamon De Valera, President of Ireland, 1966
(From the film “Michael Collins”)
The Lion and the Three Bulls
THREE BULLS for a long time pastured together. A Lion lay in ambush in the hope of making them his prey, but was afraid to attack them while they kept together. Having at last by guileful [DECEPTIVE] speeches succeeded in separating them, he attacked them without fear as they fed alone, and feasted on them one by one at his own leisure.
Union is strength.
A will-o’-the-wisp (/ˌwɪl ə ðə ˈwɪsp/), will-o’-wisp (/ˌwɪl ə ˈwɪsp/), or ignis fatuus (/ˌɪɡnɪs ˈfætʃuəs/); Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”)
1a. thing that is impossible to obtain; a person that you cannot depend on;
2a. blue light that is sometimes seen at night on soft wet ground and is caused by natural gases burning.
– WORD ORIGIN
Early 17th cent.: originally as Will with the wisp, the sense of wisp being ‘handful of (lighted) hay’.
(Taken from “Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 9th edition © Oxford University Press, 2015”)
Another negative event or action that contributes to one’s downfall or to something’s failure.
If my parents find out that I failed my exam, it will be another nail in the coffin, and they may never let me go out again!
The phrase was also adopted by smokers. As early as the 1920s, they referred to cigarettes as “coffin nails”, and this expression became the stock response whenever someone accepted yet another cigarette.