Hello fellow DHers!
Today is one of those days that makes me reflect on the phrase “as busy as a bee”. It had always seemed to me to be a nice way to describe having a lot to do, and for me it conjures up images of soft, furry bees with iridescent wings happily buzzing about a spring-lit garden that is busy yawning and uncurling itself from Winter. This image rapidly collapsed after I learned that worker bees literally work themselves to death. So is it just me who had such a benign interpretation of this phrase? Has its semantic frame of reference shifted from a darker to more positive meaning? Is it just now that we know more about the lives of worker bees that the phrase has taken on this darker overtone? What is the history and origin of the phrase anyways? This is one of the very long list of questions that I intend to investigate some day when I am not as busy as a bee! Not, I hasten to add, that I’m trying to say that I’m going to work myself to death but today is a bit ‘beeish’.
So .. random updates as the day goes on and moments can be snatched at the computer screen in between a whirl of meetings, interviews, email answering, supervision sessions etc