Hope this Wednesday is treating you well 🙂
This week’s did you know is the phrase “Sick at heart”, a phrase that first appeared in Hamlet.
For this relief much thanks; ’tis bitter cold
And I am sick at heart.
– Hamlet (1.1.10), Francisco to Barnardo
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms phrases it best:
Grieving, very disappointed, dejected, as in We were sick at heart when we learned of her predicament . This idiom, which transfers heart disease to unhappiness, was first recorded in 1581.
Francisco isn’t a major character in the play, but this is one of the more well known lines. It certainly reflects the gloomy atmosphere of Denmark.