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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

APPLE OF YOUR EYE

Origin of the expression "Apple of your eye"

The apple of your eye is in reality the pupil. In the 9th century, because of its spherical shape, was called "the apple of the eye" presumably because apples were the most common globular object around. In medieval times they knew little about the anatomy of the eye, but they knew the pupil allowed us to see, and was therefore one of the most precious parts of the body.
With time the phrase became an affective term for those appreciated, implying someone was as precious as sight. And becoming one of the most used cliches nowadays.
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