My ears are burning - Idiom of the Week

My ears are burning - Idiom of the Week

Have you ever been in a situation where you might have been talking about someone (good, bad, or just a simple mention), and then that someone sends you a text, email, or phone call? Well, chances are, that person’s ears were burning!


As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s book Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins, “my ears are burning” is an idiom that means, “a remark made by those who think they are being talked about” (page 111).


At one time, it was said that being discussed or talked about by others would cause a tingling or burning sensation in the subject’s ears. This belief goes back to ancient Rome (page 111).