Thursday, August 19, 2010

Like A Moth To A Flame

It's about not having control...

The phrase is a simple allusion to the well-known attraction that moths have to bright lights. The term was used in the 17th century to mean someone who was apt to be tempted by something that would lead to their downfall. This is referred to by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, 1596:

"Thus hath the candle singd the moath."

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