‘The world is your oyster’
Have you had many opportunities in life?
Here’s an expression about good luck and opportunities.
A: ” I don’t know what to do now I’ve finished university! What do you think?”
B: “You can do anything you want – the world is your oyster! You could travel for a year, or get a job”.
B: ” You’re young and healthy, no commitments – the world is your oyster!”
Meaning: To be in a fortunate position that you can choose to take the opportunities that life has to offer. The world is yours!
History, origin of this phrase:
This phrase was coined by William Shakespeare and first appears in his play The Merry Wives Of Windsor.
Falstaff: “I will not lend thee a penny”
Pistol: “Why then the world’s mine oyster/Which I with sword will open.”
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