Tag: phrase origins
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If someone asks you where a quotation comes from, you’d usually fare pretty well if you answered either ‘Shakespeare’ or ‘the Bible’. On occasions, both. Indeed, OxfordWords concocted a quiz along those very lines – but some everyday phrases hide their biblical origins, while there are others you probably have a hunch come from the […]more
The word run might mean many different things to you. Personally, it makes me figuratively run for the hills, such is my feeling about exercise. Run might also make a lexicographer blanch; it is a strong contestant for the verb with the most meanings, at over 650 (this of course includes phrases and phrasal verbs). […]more
The word earth dates back to Old English, and its earliest meanings haven’t changed much over the course of centuries; earth still refers to the planet on which we live, and soil. If the primary meanings haven’t changed, then what other senses and nuances have been added and lost over the years? Earth to earth […]more
Let’s take a look at some phrases whose origins might not be quite what you think… 1. Pass the buck We all know that buck is informal American English for a dollar. Indeed, it can also be used for an Australian dollar, a New Zealand dollar, a South African rand, and an Indian rupee – […]more