Nose to the Grindstone

Where does the phrase “nose to the grindstone” come from, anyway? Was there ever actually a profession where in order to really get work done, you had to give yourself massive nasal abrasions? That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Today I guess it is more like “nose to the hard drive platter”. Lots of work to get done, almost no time to do it in. The workday yesterday was spent creating new software for securing the network, and the evening was spent working on a very large re-write of software that’s been responsible for handling people’s domain names.

Oh, to knit. I don’t feel like I’ve really got time for it, but I’m going to take a break this afternoon and work on some knitting during lunch. I think I’ll take the final sleevel of the Café Bastille Cables sweater and do a couple of rows on that.

No Responses to “Nose to the Grindstone”

  1. David Says:


    No! I only delete the posts you make when you’re really drunk.

  2. Kaetchen Says:

    Did you delete my earlier comment?

  3. Meg Says:

    Good question.

    I’ve always wondered about “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”. It seems to me that if you are pulling your bootstraps, you would have to bend over to reach them and wouldn’t that make standing up more difficult?

  4. Joel Says:

    “Before the mechanisation of the metalwork trade the standard method for knife grinders when sharpening blades was to lie flat on their fronts with their faces near the grindstone in order to hold the blades against the stone.”

    Ask and ye shall receive. = )