Fun With English

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Not My Cup Of Tea

Today’s phrase is not my cup of tea.

Explanation: If you say something is not your cup of tea, you mean it is something that does not interest you.

Example: Jane declined Oliver’s invitation to the opera, explaining it was not her cup of tea.

Origin: This expression got its start in the late 1800s when the British (who, as everyone knows, are very fond of their tea) started saying that something they liked was their “cup of tea.” Sometime in approximately the 1920s, the expression changed with the addition of “not” to indicate the opposite.

My Name is Carolyn

My nick name is Carolyn, and I have a B.A. in English from a Canadian university. I have been a documentation writer since graduation, and always had a love of words. I hope to share that love (and my offbeat sense of humour) with people, while helping them learn about all the craziness the English language has to offer. Click Here