The other day, I was talking about something and I said, "We don't need to rest our laurels!"

People started giggling because that is such an old-fashioned thing to say.

Where does "rest your laurels" come from?


I just looked it up and the says it stems from the Middle English (Ango-French) 1200's and 1300's! It basically means that you have become relaxed enough to be complacent with stuff.

Laurel is a plant, so I'm guessing that if someone is resting on it, then it feels good, very soft and relaxing.

Well, in that case, I have rested my laurels with cleaning my house. It's a complete mess. A pigsty is what I would call it.

What are you resting your laurels about?

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