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Old Year and New Year by Christina Rossetti
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year left me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet further on my road to-day
God willing, further on my way.
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edited April 2016
Yesterday @elvin, @rema and I read together a story by English Magazine: having a laugh. We discussed a lot about the sentence "......they staggered out of the club into the chill of a frosty, early January morning....". What does exactly "the chill of a frosty....morning" means? Does the author refer to the coldest hours of the day? Is this a common expression?
Post edited by Lynne on
I think it was very interesting and useful,
. We should continue this kind of readings.
there is another expression that is "stay frosty" that means chill out or stay cool. I never heard of this expression before.
It means it was a typical, cold January morning, but early in January, perhaps the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. Nothing to do with the time of day, and there's no indication whether it didn't get colder later.
Here and there
I'd never come across 'stay frosty' before
. I had to look it up! I think it's American and probably not used that much.
Here's a note on its origins:
A valediction which has come to mean "be cool," but which more properly understood is an admonishment to stay alert and on one's toes. See the quote below for the pop culture origin.
"Hey! I know we're all in strung out shape but stay frosty and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here."
--Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), in Aliens (1986)
Earliest origin I have seen is the 1972 movie "The New Centurions" and is spoken by George C. Scott to the "newbie" Stacy Keach. The meaning is "Stay cool and in control."
Try to stay frosty during a stop by the police
Can we use 'stay frosty' formally?
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