You are faced with a choice. The stereotypical image of this decision-making is the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other.
You do not have to be a believer of either of these “beings” to incorporate references to them in your daily conversation. Here are some examples.
If you speak vehemently for or against an issue, you may be identified as either an angel’s or a devil’s advocate. If your argument is emotionally wrought, it could be one that would make the angels weep. If you win, you may be said to have a guardian angel.
Were you aware that a stock that has declined or a company that is now failing has been referred to as a fallen angel? (Well, now you know.)
The truly charitable person is often said to be on the side of the angels. A good-hearted person is sometimes described as an angel. Be aware, though, that fools rush in where angels fear to tread; so if you are thinking of being an angel in a theater venture (a backer or financer) you have been warned.
On a track to being lazy? Remember that the devil finds work for idle hands. Idleness may then lead to trouble making and you may be described as being full of the devil and may be addressed as “You devil!” When you are caught, there may be the devil to pay. When you next appear in public, someone may remark, “Speak of the devil.” When you do not care what others may think, you are said to have a devil-may-care attitude.
Someone who is on the straight-and-narrow path is fearful of catching the devil otherwise. When faced with a tough decision, such a person may feel he is between the devil and the deep blue sea.
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I personally have been known to do a devil of a job making a devil’s food cake and an angel’s food cake. But why not? They’re both sweets — a no-brainer there!