Tag Archives: origins of sayings and phrases

Why Do We Say That?

In response to a baying mob surrounding Beardsley Towers demanding another explanation of a well-known phrase or saying I bring you the following. People complain about health and safety regulations these days, and often probably rightly so because an awful … Continue reading

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What the…

Being a literary giant, I am obliged to hold a weekly ‘Meet the Author’ session where I sign autographs, hand out freebies and so on. At the most recent event, the clamour for another article on the origins of a … Continue reading

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Word Origins

In response to an overwhelming lack of demand for another posting on the origins of words and phrases, I proudly bring you the following. In days of yore, before many things had been thought through as well as they might … Continue reading

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If it walks like a duck

At the recent annual convention of all my blog followers, I was besieged by requests to add another posting about the origins of words and sayings.                 I got this one from a recent … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Things

I suppose the origin of the phrase we’ll be looking at today (but not the one in the title!) is fairly obvious, but I don’t think it had really occurred to me till I came across it being used in … Continue reading

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