Tag Archives: origins of phrases

A Knotty Problem

Under tremendous pressure from a complete absence of requests, I decided bring to you today another origin of a well-known phrase or saying. I learned this only recently when I was watching a programme which looked at the history of … Continue reading

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Pay up or else…

I’m feeling lazy today, so for this installment of the origins of phrases and sayings I’ll simply let the picture, which I took in Bath recently, do all the work

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Ahoy There

It’s been a long time since I’ve served up the meaning of a well-known phrase or saying, especially one with the kind of nautical flavour I know you all love. Well, thanks to a chocolate chip cookie the show is … Continue reading

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Bolt from the Blue

The clamour for a new posting revealing the origin of a well known phrase or saying has been totally absent, but here’s one anyway. I came across it just this very day, and it’s one of my favourites. It may … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Yes, it’s back. Quite contrary to popular demand, my occasional little look at where some of the words and sayings we use in everyday life come from – which means that we return once more to the olden days.   … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Regular viewer’s of Michael Portillo’s excellent Great British Railway Journeys may already be familiar with today’s offering – because that’s where I’ve stolen it from. Around 1617 (which is just after quarter-past four by my calculations – quite how they … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

Today’s offering takes us back to days gone by. It’s another phrase that comes from flour milling, a subject that seems to provide us with a fair number of sayings still in use today. (I featured ‘Grinding to a halt’ … Continue reading

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