To put on your thinking cap - Idiom of the Week

To put on your thinking cap - Idiom of the Week

Do you ever hit a mental roadblock, where it feels like the creativity has entirely left your mind, and the task or project at hand starts to feel more daunting and slightly impossible? Take a five-minute break, and come back with your thinking cap on!


As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s book Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins, “to put one’s thinking cap on” is an idiom that means, “to take time to consider, to mull things over” (page 290).


Being assigned a new responsibility for the first time at work can be a daunting task. But have no fear! Just put on your thinking cap and grab the bull by the horns!


The idiom first appeared in the 17th century in the form of a “considering” cap. In the late 19th century, the idiom took its modern-day form of being a “thinking” cap (page 290).

The true origin of how these metaphorical caps came to be is still unknown.