what does "the world is your oyster" really mean, and how does it make any sense? ?

i never understood this phrase

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  • 1 decade ago
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    THE WORLD IS AN (ONE'S) OYSTER - "If you have a lot of money, you can have anything you want. The proverb first appears in Shakespeare's play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (1600).'Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny. Pistol: Why, then, the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.' Act II, Scene II." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

    : : A second reference says the phrase means: "All the pleasures and opportunities of life are open to someone because he is young, rich, handsome, successful, etc. Shakespeare invented or popularized this expression." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

    : : OK. I'm confused. Does "the world is my oyster" mean:

    : : a. I have money, therefore all the good things of the world are available to me.

    : : b. I don't have money, therefore the world is my oyster and I'm going to look for the pearl. OR

    : : c. I'm young and good-looking and my mama loves me, therefore even though I don't have money, all the good things of the world are available to me.

    : : The world is yours for the taking; whatever you make of it.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/8/message...

    Idioms: world is one's oyster, the

    Everything is going well, as in I was younger then, and the world was my oyster. In this term the oyster is something from which to extract great profit (a pearl). It was probably invented by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): "Why then, the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."

    http://www.answers.com/the%20world%20is%20your%20o...

    1. (idiomatic) All opportunities are open to someone, the world is theirs.

    2. (idiomatic) In order to achieve something in this world, one has to grab the opportunity.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/the_world_is_your_oy...

    Everything is going well, as in I was younger then, and the world was my oyster. In this term the oyster is something from which to extract great profit (a pearl). It was probably invented by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): "Why then, the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/world+is+on...

  • 3 years ago

    The World Is Your Oyster

  • 1 decade ago

    I understand exactly what it means, but I have no idea how it got started.

    If you're in high school and everything comes easy to you, and you get straight A's without even trying. Then it's time to go to college. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!! You can do or be whatever you want! You have so many choices! You will be successful no matter what you choose to be or do with your life.

    :)

    • I5 years agoReport

      Or you can do as I did and drop out of college (because it was a wasted unless one is academically smart) and start one s own small business and make more then all of his peers who received a degree from a 4 year university.

      However if you have little motivation, I suggest going into government.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oysters make pearls. It means the world is holding a great treasure for you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the world is my oyster

    I am looking for wealth, the pearl is virtual wealth.

    Oyster's contain pearls (wealth)

    I will go out into the world (my oyster), to search for my wealth (the pearl)

  • 3 years ago

    The world is out there open to you to explore to the maximum and extract the good things necessary for you to live a good life.

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