Tag Archives: origins of sayings

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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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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That Rings Another Bell

My previous posting gave rise to a query about the origin of the phrase ‘That rings a bell’, and after extensive international research I can now reveal the fascinating answer. In days of old             … Continue reading

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The Last Post (of 2014)

It’s a festive two-for-the-price-of-one on the origin of sayings today! (Although I must point out in advance that I’m not sure whether either term is used outside the UK.) The first one is fairly straightforward. When I was a kid … Continue reading

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Word Origins

On a historical documentary I was watching recently they¬† were talking about medieval food and kitchens, and they were roasting meat on a spit. It was one of those huge things that had a handle for turning the meat to … Continue reading

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Sayings and Phrases

Just for a change, today I’m not looking specifically at the origin of a phrase as I usually do, but on how we rarely stop to ask ourselves what they actually mean and in fact whether they make sense. Cheap … Continue reading

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