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Set Teeth on Edge

Recently I started watching Downton Abby on Netflix. I know I’m late to the game, but I’m catching up with a vengeance. I love to hear the dialogue of times gone by. Being in the dental field, the phase “sets my teeth on edge” made me wonder of the phrases origin.

GEEK ALERT! But, here is what I found.


In the New International Version Bible, it’s found in Ezekiel 18:2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”?


William Shakespeare added a “nothing” in the middle of this saying to make sure we really got the point. Nowadays, the nothing has been removed and we hear the phrase “set my teeth on edge” when there’s an unpleasant taste in the mouth, depending on the situation this could mean either literally or figuratively.


Ok, this is for Mr. Shakespeare, “‘NOTHING’ sets my teeth on edge” like being told what’s happening on Downton Abby’s final season, when I’ve only made it to season 3.

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