Genie in the Lamp Origin Origin of Genies

The surprising origin of the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ saying

You’ve probably heard the saying “the genie is out of the bottle” or “let the genie out of the bottle” a few times. While the meaning is pretty clear, you might be shocked to learn the origins of the phrase don’t have a lot to do with real genies (or djinn), but with something more…destructive.

Djinn vs Genies

What’s the difference between genies, jinn, and djinn?

Spend enough time reading about genies and you’ll see handfuls of different spellings: djinn, djinni, jinni, djinny, jinnie, jinnee, even the occasional jinx or ginnaya or gin. It can be pretty confusing. The good news is things are simpler than you think: there really isn’t much of a difference between genies, jinn, and jinn.