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Why do we say someone is “as sick as a dog”?
Why do we say: “You’ve got egg on your face” when someone’s done something leaving them looking embarrassed or foolish? What is the “egg on your face” origin?
You may have already met Rupert the pig on my donate page. Why a pig of all creatures on my donate page? Because he’s a piggy bank of course! (Well, that and because he gallantly offered to help me promote … Continue reading
Since the days of Emily Post it’s been widely known that a prompt reply to an invitation’s RSVP is common courtesy. Whilst many of us are accustomed to seeing RSVP written elegantly on invitations, a surprisingly high amount of us … Continue reading
When someone gets the lion’s share of something (be it a cake, profits from a company, or anything else), it means they are getting most, if not all of it. Why would a lion’s share mean this? Where does this … Continue reading
Dictionaries define “one trick pony” as a person or thing that is thought to be limited to only one single talent, capability, or quality; much like a pony that has been taught only one trick. But where does this phrase … Continue reading
The AM and PM abbreviation is often used to describe the time of day, but what does AM PM stand for? What is the meaning of AM and PM?
If you haven’t heard this phrase before, let me assure you we are not talking about sprinkling your cat’s food bowl with coins and dollar bills. “Putting money in the kitty” is a term often referring to putting money into … Continue reading
It’s not uncommon to find someone saying “Pardon my French” after a tirade of less-than-dignified language. The classic movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off exemplifies its use when Bueller says: “Pardon my French, but you’re an asshole.” Why would anyone claim … Continue reading
“My teacher absolutely flew off the handle today when I was 30 minutes late for class this morning…” We use the phrase “flying off the handle” to describe someone who has lost their temper and self-control, and has become so … Continue reading