Curious Questions #3 – Sleep Tight

Have you ever heard the expression “Sleep Tight”? We say it at the end of the night, but what does it really mean? In this episode we’ll talk about expression before bed.

Expressions included in the learning materialssleeptight

  • Greetings
    • Hello
    • Hi
    • Hey
    • Good morning
    • Good afternoon
    • Good night
  • Some expressions that are used less often
    • Good evening (more between strangers, more formal)
    • Good day (common popular Australian expression, said ‘G’day’)
  • Less standard greetings *be careful when/where/with whom you are using these Yo
    • What’s up?
    • Less standard greetings
    • What’re you saying?
  • Goodbyes
    • Bye Good night
    • See you later
  • Well-wishing goodbyes
    • Have a good morning
    • Have a good afternoon
    • Have a good evening
    • Have a good night
  • Less standard goodbyes (my own list) *be careful when/where/with whom you are using these
    • (See you) Later Skater/Alligator
    • Check you on the flipside
    • I’ll catch you later
    • I’ll see you when I see you
  • Sleep Tight. (And don’t let the bed bugs bite.)

Sample transcript

Robin: When someone is going to bed there are many expressions you could use to end the night. There are many variations, but there are also some very common expressions.

Harp: The standard expression is Good night. Antonio asked about the expression Sleep tight, which is also a nice expression that ends the night well. In using this expression, you are simply wishing the person a good night’s sleep or that they sleep well. So, you could simply say, “Have a good sleep” and mean the same thing.

Robin: The full expression here is “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” We must look back in history to understand where this expression might have come from.Tight actually means, to be fixed firmly in place, or to be stretched out fully. And since beds were made differently then, with tight ropes, this made sense. When ropes were tight, the bed was more firm so one could have a better sleep.

Harp: And the second part, ‘Don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ Bed bugs were a more common problem historically as well. Now we are able to keep homes and furniture cleaner, therefore, preventing bed bugs. Although, I recently saw a report on television talking about the resurgence, or current problem, with bed bugs.

Robin: So when we say, ‘Don’t let the beg bugs bite’ we are wishing that the bed bugs do not bit that person that night. I should also mention that this is an expression and said in fun. I mean, when people wish for the bed bugs not to bite, they are not actually worried about bed bugs. They probably do not have any bed bugs in their beds. It is not a serious wish.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips