Sea Change By Deane Barker • A large change in perspective or circumstances. A gradual transformation. It comes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest where he discusses a death by drowning: Both doth suffer a sea change into something rich and strange Why I Looked It Up I was sitting in line for a car wash thinking about a personal situation and how life goes through “seasons” and sometimes a “seasonal change.” The tripped over that phrase, and suddenly wondered if it was a shorter form of “sea change” – a phrase I had heard before. Alas, it was not. I did not know the origin of “sea change” prior to this, but it has nothing to do with seasons, figurative or otherwise.