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#262668 - 06/13/06 10:42 AM origins of common expressions
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#262669 - 06/14/06 05:57 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: MattJ]
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Very interesting.

Where "Bikini" came from

When the French fashion designer who invented the two-peace bathing suit was about to reveal his creation, he looked around for a name that was attract a attention. At that time, the world press was full of accounts of the US military's testing of atomic and hydrogen bombs on the, you guessed it, Bikini atoll. It was a name that was on everyone's lips so the designer adopted it for his new swim suit. The idea was that it would have as much effect on the beach and an A bomb. (By the way, the original bikini was strapless. Shoulder straps were added later because the tops evolved into being so small that they weren't self supporting.)


Where "getting fired" came from

In medieval times, one way of getting rid of someone without killing them, or if you couldn't find them, was to burn down their house. Hence the origin of "getting fired."

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#262670 - 06/15/06 01:31 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: Kosh]
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Here's some bumbo jumbo that was just e-mailed to me from my sister-in-law that I'll throw on here just to fill the void.




In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"
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Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession
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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey
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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."
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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."
It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"
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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
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Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty
uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde
Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the
ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit
plae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
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#262671 - 01/07/07 12:46 AM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: Dereck]
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hloy carp!!!! I teird to lcik my eblow and I cuodl raed the setnence no wrroeis!!! aewoosme!!
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#262672 - 01/08/07 04:45 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: crablord]
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rich people used to sail out of england berthed on the port side of the ship, for the shade. They'd return on the starboard side. Hence rich people had POSH written on their luggage.

The expression 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" comes from the navy, when cannonballs were stacked on racks known as 'brass monkeys'. If the ship sailed into a very cold environment then the brass contracted in the cold and the balls rolled off.

"To be a stickler for the rules": referees and umpires in Cornish wrestling are known as 'sticklers'
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#262673 - 01/08/07 09:24 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: trevek]
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.




My ex-girlfriend could lick her elbow.
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#262674 - 01/08/07 09:44 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: rideonlythelabel]
Mishael Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 33
Loc: PA USA
This was a fun post that I enjoyed reading. I am presently learning Japanese from rosetta stone. When I learned Spanish I got a book on spanish idiomatic expressions. I discovered they aren't as easy to understand which is probably why foreign speakers have such a hard time with English. Thanks for the read.


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#262675 - 01/08/07 10:28 PM Re: origins of common expressions [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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Quote:

Quote:

It is impossible to lick your elbow.


My ex-girlfriend could lick her elbow.




And she is your Ex!!!
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