A sea change
What's the meaning of the phrase 'A sea change'?
A 'sea change' is a radical change or transformation.
What's the origin of the phrase 'A sea change'?
The phrase originated in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, 1610:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
Shakespeare's usage incorporates the current meaning, that is, a radical change. He also made the expression richer by alluding to the literal meaning of 'a change that is brought about by the sea'.