AlexSeed wrote:Well i'm not 100% sure, but I belive that the Idiom "The writings on the Wall" comes from the Old Testament, chapter 5, in the Book of Daniel.
Searching Wikipedia (I know, not always the most reliable source) I came accross this exerpt from that very part of the Old Testament.
"King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand...they drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and silver, of bronze, of iron, wood, and stone. Immediately the fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace."
I'm not sure how it came from that to it's currently meaning, which is to convey that something has been set in motion and now cannot be stopped, even though the outcome is predicatable.
I.E. "The writings on the wall, we are trapped and cannot escape"
Idiom's are often used so naturally for native speakers that the meaning, or origin, is totally lost. It's a real shame!
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