Head Over Heels

20120729-112240.jpgWhen I took this picture, this is the phrase that came to mind. Not because the kids love swimming, which they clearly do, but because of their orientation. But that’s crazy – they’re “heels over head” not the other way around. How in the heck did it come to be that this expression, usually referring to being in love, indicates something unusual is afoot, abreast or ahead – our heads are usually over our heels!

So I looked it up. “‘Head over heels’ is now most often used as part of ‘head over heels in love’. When first coined it wasn’t used that way though and referred exclusively to being temporarily the wrong way up….’Head over heels’ is a good example of how language can communicate meaning even when it makes no literal sense. After all, our head is normally over our heels. The phrase originated in the 14th century as ‘heels over head’, meaning doing a cartwheel or somersault.” Read more here.

This is not an HDR photo, but I took it with the HDR setting on. It is the first of 2 saved to the Camera Roll, and is supposedly the regular non-HDR shot, but I am convinced that it is not as it would have been had the setting not been turned on. If that’s not enough to turn your world upside down, I don’t know what is.


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