On The Same Page


Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others.

Example: My brother is not on the same page as me when it comes to music.

Synonyms / Related Phrases:
On the same wavelength
On the same boat
Great minds think alike
Being on the same page
Oh no, this site is peeling apart!

The Origin Of ‘On The Same Page’

The origins of this phrase are unclear, however, one might guess it stems from schools, where teachers and students must be on identical pages in their books. Others have their own ideas as to its origins, but it doesn’t seem like the origin of this expression is really known for sure.

As for this saying’s age, it appears to be a recent one, as I could only find it in writing as far back as the 1970s. In the year 1974, for example, the expression is used in the Corona Daily Independent newspaper on the topic of football:

“I think we can beat Washington and whichever team we play next to get into the Super Bowl. If 47 players and our coaches are all on the same page, we can do it.”

Example Sentence(s)

  1. We’re going to paint the house this weekend. I want it to be green, but my wife wants it to be blue. I guess we are not on the same page when it comes to the color.

Note: When it comes to the origin of most phrases, are nearly impossible to find, if not completely! What’s provided are the theories that may be plausible to how a phrase originated, but not necessarily so.
In addition, quotes that contain a phrase may be taken from old newspapers, poems, or books that were written centuries ago, but this by no means shows they originated from these. In all likelihood, if an expression is being used in a newspaper, it’s probably already well known, and thus, from an older period.

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