Lend Me a Hand
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My friend called me the other day and asked me if I could lend him a hand.
I told him, “Only if you make sure you return it when you are done.”
Being a writer, I started thinking about the origin of this phrase. Doing a quick search, here is what I found.
"Lend me your hand" was used by Chaucer and later writers in the sense, Extend me your hand, that I may clasp it as token of our agreement (or some such). He also used the phrase "Lend me your ears," meaning "Listen up, fellas." A much later citation in the OED, from John Florio's World of Words has "lend a hand" in the modern sense, that is, to temporarily assign that part of your body to someone else's use, that is, to help in whatever activity is going on. One can similarly lend other body parts. Someone tying a knot could say "Lend me your finger." Or he could say "Put your finger here." Either way, you get the finger back, just as you get your hand back after helping out.
The dictionary defines it as:
Physical assistance; help: iave me a hand with the bags.
As a cachers we often Lend a Hand to our fellow cachers. Sometimes it’s answering a “phone a friend” request for help with a find and other times cachers unite for a CITO event to Lend a Hand cleaning up an area.
This cache is dedicated to all of you who have Lent a hand to a fellow cacher.
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Last Updated: on 10/5/2014 4:54:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:54 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum