Modern Idioms (and where they come from)


Know where your towel is

To be in control and ready for any situation. In the original novel of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, a towel is described as being amongst the most useful items that an interstellar traveller can carry. Anyone who "knows where their towel is" can therefore face any situation, safe ion the knowledge that they are as prepared as they can be. See also Life, the Universe and Everything.