With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can increase your vocabulary and get a sense for the internet shorthand that is being used to cover the most important topics of the day by briefly reviewing social media websites. You’re likely to find that similar to the workplace, those who can interpret slang the fastest will have an edge when it comes to staying current with the latest news. Stay ahead of the curb by reading about the origins of the phrase “spare the rod spoil the child.”

Idiom-Spare the Rod Spoil the Child

Definition: One should punish a child when he or she misbehaves or else the child will grow up expecting everyone to indulge him or her.

idiom: spare the rod spoil the childExample: Mom 1: How can you let your little one talk to other people in that manner? Mom 2: I just got tired of scolding him when he won’t listen. Mom 1: Spare the rod spoil the child.

Origin: The phrase is commonly claimed to have come from the King James version of the Bible, Book of Proverbs 13:24 – “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Basically, this means that when a child does not feel the consequence of his misbehavior, he will not understand that sins require punishment. Initially, discipline implied corporal punishment, but these days, it does not necessarily mean causing any physical harm.

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