November 2018
Southern Translation

Southern Translation

SENTENCE USAGE: "Ole Burl had been waiting for the first hard freeze to go coon huntin' but got to feelin' under the weather just before the other fellars fetched him to head to the woods. "

How can a person be "under the weather"?

Under the weather means feeling sick; ill. It can also mean that a person is feeling sad or depressed.

This phrase possibly has nautical or seafaring origins. In the old days, when a sailor was feeling seasick, "he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck and away from the weather."

According to another source, a book called Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions, by Bill Beavis (Author) and Micahel Howorth (Author), it says the following regarding this phrase: "To feel ill. Originally it meant to feel seasick or to be adversely affected by bad weather." It goes on to say: "The term is correctly ‘under the weather bow’ which is a gloomy prospect; the weather bow is the side upon which all the rotten weather is blowing."