The Inspiration: This phrase dates back to the 1600s and is sometimes a mystery for those who hear it spoken. Sometimes the phrase is spelled 'show me your metal'. In fact, that's not really so far wrong. Metal and mettle were originally variations of spelling for the hard, shiny substance we now always spell 'metal'. The first known use of a variant of 'show your mettle' is found in John Fletcher's Monsieur Thomas, 1619:
"When did he ride abroad since he came over? What Tavern has he us'd to? What things done That shews a man, and mettle?"
Until the end of the 17th century the two spellings, 'mettle' and 'metal', were virtually interchangable and sometimes both occurred in the same text. But the definition remains the same.
"Show me your metal, show me your sword, show me what you are made of my lord."
The Scene: Rivet junkies are going to die for the TYM frames. A mixture of maelstrom, these edgy frames do nothing but draw questions, admiration, and borderline concern for your mental health.
What kind of person is confident enough to wear these frames?
What kind of life do you need to live where you have metal spikes coming out of your face?!
The kind of life that will be testing you day in... and day out.
And there are no tests for you, just a trail of victory and triumph.
Test complete - you were absolutely riveting.