A fine kettle of fish…?


I wish
That I knew
What a ‘kettle of fish’ was.
I don’t; but, I shall
And ‘you’ I shall tell
Because, you need to know.

Well, I have searched high
And searched low
(Mainly ‘low’)
And now I know.

A ‘state of affairs’
Or ‘ a muddle’
Is what is meant
By the use of these words
With a fishy scent.
And below is an example
For you to observe.

From phrases.org.uk
Which is where I learnt it from
By the way…

‘The earliest uses of the phrase, which apparently are examples of the ‘muddle’ meaning come from the English novelist Henry Fielding. In The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, 1742, he writes:

“‘Here’s a pretty kettle of fish’, cries Mrs. Tow-wouse.” ‘


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