A new colleague of mine occassionally says “I like the cut of your jib,” which is a great phrase and, well, makes me like the cut of his jib, as well. Most people are probably roughly familiar with the nautical origins of the phrase, but I’d never considered speculation that “there may be an allusion between the triangular shape of noses and jibs in the figurative use of this phrase,” or that it might refer to either someone’s appearance or the direction they seem to be heading, or both. It’s a great phrase, made better by this example usage from Urban Dictionary:
A – lets go for a beer and some readily available cannabis
B – alright, i like the cut of your jib
Oh yes, indeed. But where is this sort of world that includes readily available cannabis?