When you hear phrases these days, you are tempted to think they are of English Language origin.
Some may even look like some sort of idiomatic expression.
You may not really understand them until you have researched their meaning and sometimes how they come about.
There are tonnes of such statements in our everyday discussions.
In this piece, we shall briefly take a look at the phrase “Catch you on the flip side”
If you have heard this statement before, I am sure you would have wondered what it meant and if it was used rightly.
If you are just seeing it now, I am sure you will instinctively have a meaning for it.
Let’s find out if your meaning is right.
Catch you on the flip side meaning
In order to understand the statement, we will need to take a look at history.
So, what are we to see in history?
It is how the statement originated.
This will help us to understand what it means.
The meaning of the statement is actually locked in the story behind its formation and how it eventually became widely used by all.
The statement “Catch you on the flip side” originated from the music world.
To be precise, it came from the radio DJs in the early 1900.
Those days the radio DJs play music from musical albums which normally have two sides which can be explained in terms of sides A and B.
If you have played cassettes before, you would understand this concept of sides A and B.
So, when they play side A of a particular music album and it is coming to an end or when they want to play the second side of the music Album, they use the phrase “Catch you on the flip side” meaning they will be playing the second side and would talk after it is done playing.
So, it is a way of telling the radio listener that they will play the second side of the music.
At a later time, they started to use the same phrase to mean more than playing the second side of a song album.
It went on to mean the end of their show and they will see you whenever the show comes up again.
Something to mean see you next week if it is a weekly program.
Just the same way the meaning of words changes over time is the same picture here.
Today, the statement has metamorphosed into a different meaning.
People no longer use it like it is related to music or DJs.
People use it to mean something like “see you later”.
If you have used it to mean see you later, well I understand, we all used words with the contemporary meaning without knowing their origin.
This piece is not meant that you must use it to mean the old meaning.
It is only to give you an idea of how it started and what it has changed over overtime.
Whatever you used it to mean, just be sure that your hearer understands you because that is the very essence of communication.