Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed?

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Here’s a fun little factoid.

In yesterday’s article, I wrote the phrase “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.”

Ever hear that before?

It’s a phrase that’s often used to describe someone who’s unusually alert and chipper. Especially at a time when most others are not.

For example:

When your wife gets out of bed and looks absolutely glowing and radiant, you might say something like…

“Wow, honey! Aren’t you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning!”

In other words…

“Damn, you look full of life today!”

But where does the phrase actually come from?

Apparently, the terms “bright-eyed” and “bushy-tailed” actually originated at different times. “Bright-eyed” in the late 1500s. And “busy-tailed” around 1870.

It wasn’t until 1912 that the terms appeared together for the first time. But even more interesting was that they weren’t referring to a person, either.

They were referring to a squirrel.

Which did, in fact, have bright eyes and a bushy tail.

Since then, the phrase has evolved into what it is today. Which, essentially, is a metaphor that refers to someone being lively, alert, and frisky… like a squirrel.

Kinda nuts, right?

So the next time you hear the phrase “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,” you’ll know the inside scoop.

And if you’re someone who’d like to start waking up in the morning feeling that way…

Go ahead and grab my morning checklist below.

We’ll have you feeling more “squirrely” in no time.


Oh, and when you’re ready 👇