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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
EVEN MORE ORIGINS OF SAYINGS
EVEN MORE ORIGINS OF SAYINGS In case yesterday's re-run wasn't enough
strange sayings, we use them all the time, but where do they come from?Strange but true, here are the origins of
common phrases we use every day:
Break a leg
Meaning: Wish an actor good luck.
Origin: To bend or break one’s leg was an
archaic phrase for taking a bow.In the
theater a successful performance means taking a curtain call bow, so “Break a
leg” is to wish an actor a successful performance.
A stitch in time saves nine
Meaning: A little precaution saves time in
the long run.
Origin: To stitch a hem before it unravels
will save many more stitches in the future.This phrase makes very little sense to Germans.
He’s an Old Fogey
Meaning: He’s a doddering idiot.
Origin: The Fogey’s were a clan in County
Limerick that succumbed to dementia.When a person could not remember something he was dismissed as just an
Get outta the fucking car
Meaning: Police jargon for “Sir, please exit
Origin: First used when Rodney King did not
understand “Please,” “Exit,” or “Vehicle.”
There’s plenty of fish in the sea
Meaning: There are more women available after
a man loses a girlfriend.
Origin: When a fisherman loses a catch he
dismisses his loss with the assurance that there are plenty of fish in the
sea.The expression extended to losing a
lady friend.What they neglect to consider
is many of the fish in the sea are butt ugly, some will bite your arm off, and
some will take half of your 401K.
Two wrongs don’t make a right*
Meaning: Retaliation of a wrong doing will
not make things better. Origin: In 1880, two Chinese inventors
attempted to develop the incandescent bulb.Chi Long and Chow Long failed and finally gave up on the dream. Americans mis-interpreted a Japanese statement
of this fact as a philosophical saying.
Objects in the mirror are closer than
Meaning: Don’t trust your passenger side car
Origin: Henry Ford, after a few beers, said
to the guy on the next stool, “They liked my assembly line idea, now I’m going
to fuck with them!”
Are you pulling my leg?
Meaning: I think you are trying to fool
Origin: In medieval times, old men would ask
children to pull on their leg and they would then fart.When a story seemed to “smell funny” someone
would call it’s veracity in question by asking “are you pulling my leg?”
I before E except after C or sounds
Meaning: A spelling rule.
Origin: There used to be only three “ie”
words in the English language, believe, receive, and neighbor.This rule is currently useless.