Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes is an IDIOM that people use quite a bit! But have you ever stopped to think about where this IDIOM comes from? Why it’s sued? How it started? Why people still use it today? I haven’t said Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes many times in my life, but I’ve heard it used a ton throughout my life!
Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes
Here on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids, your kids will be “dressed” with IDIOMS during the month of September. IDIOMS are phrases that reveal “secrets” from the past. IDIOMS come from many sources, many languages, many authors, many cultures. The “hidden” meanings in IDIOMS are great fun for kids, but also teach important, interesting and intriguing lessons in how language has developed and evolved over time.
Each SEPTEMBER IDIOM on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids will address something to do with clothing… such as teaching kids the meaning of the trickster pull the wool over your eyes idiom.
The idiom pull the wool over your eyes means to trick or fool someone; deceptive behavior.
– Origin of pull the wool over your eyes
Idiom: Pull the wool over your eyes comes from the old custom of judges wearing wigs made of wool. If a person accused of a crime was clever enough, he/she could trick, fool or deceive a judge into believing his/her story… somewhat like the judge not seeing the truth.
Pulling the wool over your eyes indicates that a person has been fooled (something that could never happen to a parent… right?).
Dress your kids for back-to-school success with knowledge and attention to pull the wool over your eyes.
Take a few minutes each day in SEPTEMBER to teach the secrets of IDIOMS to your kids & grandkids. Understanding IDIOMS is a wonderful way to enrich reading and language development.
And I’m not just talking through my hat!