Happy English Idiom Lesson – “Sleep on it” – From New York!

Do you need to sleep on it? When you need some time to make a decision, you can say, “…sleep on it.”

-A trip to the bahamas sounds interesting, but let me sleep on it.

When you talk to someone who needs time to make a decision, you can also use “…sleep on it.”

-You don’t need to tell me now. Why do you sleep on it and then let me know.
-Before buying that expensive car you should sleep on it.

When you are the person who is directly saying you need more time, you can also use, I need to sleep on “that.”

Bob: Jane, have you decided about the skiing trip?
Jane: Not yet, let me sleep on that.

But be careful! If you are not the person making the decision, you cannot say “sleep on that.” You need to use “sleep on it
-Before buying that expensive car you should sleep on it. (not, “you should sleep on that”)

I need more coffee this morning, and I don’t need to sleep on it!

Happy English Idiom Lesson – “Hit the Hay” – From New York!

Looks like Happy has already hit the hay!

English Idiom – “Hit the hay.” Hay is the kind of dry grass that horses like to eat. In olden days, beds were stuffed with hay, so when we say “hit the hay,” it means “go to sleep.”
-It’s 1:00am! Time to hit the hay.
-I need to hit the hay early to night because I have to leave the house early in the morning.

This idiom has the same meaning as “hit the sack.” “Hit the sack” also means “go to sleep.” A sack is a kind of bag and many many years ago it was used to hold rice or beans. So pillows in those days were basically those sacks filled with something soft. So “hit the sack” means, “hit the pillow,” or more simply, “hit the sack” means “go to sleep.”