"Put to rights" – what exactly does this idiom mean?
According to Dictionary.com, it means set to rights, to place in proper condition or order. For example, the caterer promised to set the room to rights before he left, or Don't worry, the lawyer will put the will to rights. These terms date from the second half of the 1600s, although "to rights" in the sense of "in proper order" was first recorded about 1330.
I knew I was an old-fashioned girl, but this goes back much further than I thought!
For those of you who, like me, don’t remember even learning about idioms in school, I offer a definition (and no, it’s not even close to “idiot”). Idiom: form of speech peculiar to a people or place, also, a traditional way of saying something. Often an idiom, such as “under the weather,” does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be “under the weather” is to be sick.
I chose “put2writes" as my blog name and spelled it this way because I wanted something that spoke of my love for editing. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but rather, a red pen in my left hand. To live is to read and to read is to edit, this is my motto. Send me your raw written material, and I will make your writing the best it can be!