down to earth
‘down to earth’ is a positive way to describe someone. It means someone who doesn’t pretend to be special. The expression probably comes from an old, old European belief that there were 4 main personality types: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Water types are sensitive, Fire types are passionate, Air types are full of ideas and Earth types are practical. Nowadays we often use ‘down-to-earth’ to describe famous people if we think they are still ‘normal’, even after becoming famous.
A: I met Matt Damon once.
B: Did you? What was he like?
A: Really down to earth. He changed his baby’s nappy in front of me! He just seemed like a really regular, nice guy. He treated the cleaners as nicely as he treated the Director.
Are you down to earth? If you became rich, would you still be down to earth?