Origin of the phrase: “sounding flat”

In music there are flats and sharps. Sharps are one semitone above a note, and flats are one semitone below a note.

If you sing in a way that is "flat, it’s singing a bit lower than it should be.

So if you sound flat when you talk – it’s sounding lower too – ie usually showing that you’re a bit dull/ feeling a bit down.

You can also sing "sharp" which is singing a bit too high. We usually sound higher pitched when excited or happy, hence the phrase "looking sharp".

Source: My imagination Open-mouthed smile it makes sense though!

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