Monday, June 18, 2012


Hello on a Monday! Let's talk about something that many people have problems with nowadays, i.e. expressing feelings. Here is another nice English idiom whose main two words are HEART and SLEEVE:


It's a nice idiom, isn't it? Your heart is the hub of all feelings. Therefore if you wear it on your sleeve, all your feelings are revealed. In other words you make your feelings and emotions obvious! 

And this is what this idiom means. It refers to a situation when you expose your feelings, when you express your feelings. In Polish we have a similar idiom: mieć serce na dłoni... 

A few words from myself in this context :)
Why is it so hard for many people to wear their hearts on their sleeves? I guess the answer is rather simple. The world today is so morally decayed and people don't trust one another. The consequence being they are reluctant to openly, honestly talk about their feelings. Being honest means being truthful. The fact that people are not honest is a mark of unhealthy human interaction and people lie and hide their true feelings because they want to gain in finance, power or have other temporary satisfaction. Would you agree?

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • But her power will defy you when she wears her heart on her sleeve.
  • She makes me laugh. I think she is true to her self and wears her heart on her sleeve and I like that.
  • Ten-year-old Sprig wears her heart on her sleeve, so when her father,...
  • Lauren if anything wears her heart on her sleeve which showed when she went to confront the girls that have continually bitched about her...
  • "When it comes to singing, Sheena wears her heart on her sleeve - at times tender, hilarious, feisty or bitter - and the audience respond."       

What's your say? 
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? When do you know you can wear your heart on your sleeve?  

Looking forward to you posts! :)


  1. It seems to me it all hinges on the situation. If you hang out with a friend, no so called mask is necessary. In professional situations, it would be expedient to pent your emotions up.

    On the other hand they say body language speaks volumes about a person so nothing can be concealed.

    1. Thanks Cardamom Tea. Yes, you might be right that in professional situations we should rather hold our emotions in as there is a general belief that there should be no room for feelings in business. However, I am not really that convinced. Anyhow, I do agree that body language betrays your feelings and can really either support your contradict what you're saying. HAND!

    2. Oops. I now realised I'd used "pent up" as a verb while it serves only as an adjective. Sorry. "Hold in" is the correct word, thanks ;).

    3. CardamomTea... let me quote our friend here... George Bernard Shaw, who said a clever thing "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." To sum up, as you beautifully said on your blog, we are mere non-native speakers and we have made, do make and - unfortunately - will make language mistakes. Anyhow, we're trying to do our best, so TAIL UP! :) Thanks.


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