Haha! Today’s word of the day selection for Merriam Websters Learner’s Word of the Day is a phrase and one that I truly enjoy. Here it is…
bold as brass – idiom
[bohld az bras]
not afraid at all : very confident or bold
One word sticks out to me in that phrase and it is repeated in the definition. Can you guess it? If you need a hint, look at my name and you will see the same word repeated. I use it in both my webpage and Twitter handle.
(Not sure if this is a bold or stupid move to give a lunging lion a wrapped present. This guy sure doesn’t exude confidence. How would you describe his expression? Write your answer in the comments for this post.)
Not sure what an idiom is? Me either. But idiom is what bold as brass is classified as instead of a noun, verb, adjective, etc. Nope, not idiot, but idiom which is quite different. Therefore, here are some examples of idioms…
1. an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own
2.a form of a language that is spoken in a particular area and that uses some of its own words, grammar, and pronunciations:dialect
3. a style or form of expression that is characteristic of a particular person, type of art, etc.
Now that we know exactly what an idiom is I can show what bold as brass is.
My given first name is Traci which in some baby name books means, ‘bold, courageous battler’. When I married and took my husband’s last name, Bold, my full name took on a whole new meaning and one that I have steadily embraced.
Throughout my life I have fought for fairness (the phrase ‘life isn’t fair’ is a load of crap, a cop out, as it is used by people who do not want to put in the work and time to do the right thing). I battle quite hard to achieve it and have lost the battle numerous times. But I persevere; carry on and keep trying. I have always believed that anything worth having is worth working hard for; there is always a catch in things coming easy.
In my writing, I take a bold approach to convey the story I want to tell or convey the message I want to get across. This is where editing comes in. Sometimes my bold approach is too bold andneeds to be toned down to a gentle approach. Boldness requires balance like a teeter totter.
Balance requires a mentalsteadinessoremotionalstability;habitofcalmbehavior or judgement. Snap decisions disrupt this balance and do not attribute to the bold as brass moments.
Bold as brass is a state of mind in how you live your life. It’s not about giving attitude adjustments to people who you think need it but rather adjusting your attitude to handle the situation given with finesse and flair that’s best for all involved. In essence, not taking crap from people and standing up for what is right by doing it the right way, not a bullying way.
Bullies are everywhere and around every corner. Being bold as brass means you fight to do the right thing no matter how hard or how steep the road is. You don’t let the bullies get to you and you put the bullies in their place by being bold as brass, not using brass. Bullies have some type of insecurity that moves them to bully people who have less than them or who have more, it just depends. Often, confident people are their first intended targets. Why? Because they want to shake up the confident persons world to feel better about themselves. But these confident, bold as brass people just let the bullies roll right off their shoulders which bullies hate.
A bully will back down from someone showing confidence. It shakes them up.
However, being bold as brass is sometimes looked upon as being cocky and some people are just that. So, be bold, be brave, stand up for your rights and others but also be humble, kind, caring and loving. When you are all of these, you will have the world in your hands to do great and wondrous things. You don’t have to be bold as brass all the time. Embrace the bold as brass moments when you have them and be proud.
We all have the ability to be bold as brass but not always the courage to be. The choice is ours alone. Make each moment count the right way.