Phrase help II

(with apologies to mouthbreather for stealing his/her excellent idea…)

Can any of the teeming millions provide the origin of the phrase “an embarrassment of riches”? Is it Biblical? Shakespearean? Where’d it come from?

I believe I may be able to help.

If I’m not mistaken, the phrase “An Embarrassment of Riches” originated in France, as the title of the play, Embarras de Richesse written in 1753 by the Abbe d’Allainvail. In France, the term came to describe an excess of wealth - too much to have or to use conveniently; and it apparently passed from French to English with its meaning intact.


Life is a tapestry.
Each new day brings with it the opportunity to sew by
word and deed within the heart of someone around us.
Let us choose our colors with care.