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What is the origin of the expression 'To get hold of the wrong end of the stick'?
In expressions, etymology - asked by seacommander - 2 answers
Why in a concert, gig, show etc are the individual songs referred to as numbers? For example '... for our next number we are going to...'
In etymology, entertainment - asked by seacommander - 1 answer
Why when you go halves on a bill are you said to be going Dutch?
In etymology, Dutch, halfsies - asked by Topaz2308 - 2 answers
Is the term "outskirts" used to describe something at the edge of something because there used to be an item of clothing that fitted that description?
In Outskirts, etymology, edges - asked by Hiheels - 2 answers
What does "on the QT" mean and how did it get that meaning?
In etymology - asked by siasl74 - 1 answer
Where did the saying no shrinking violet stem from and why?
In sayings, etymology, history - asked by Topaz2308 - 1 answer
What is the origin of the expression 'To coin' as in phrase'?
In phrases, etymology - asked by seacommander - 1 answer
Where does the saying sitting on the fence originate from?
In etymology, sayings, history - asked by Topaz2308 - 1 answer
what does the expression "neck of woods" or "new neck of woods" mean?
In Linguistics, etymology, word origins - asked by (Guest31057) - 2 answers
Why do we wax lyrical over things and where did the saying originate?
In idioms, etymology, history - asked by Topaz2308 - 2 answers
'Effing and blinding' - where does this curious phrase come from?
In swearing, language, etymology - asked by duffield1 - 1 answer
The word ‘right’ can mean both a direction/handedness and correct. What might be the origin of this double meaning; is it in some way related to that old misguided belief that being left handed was abnormal?
In etymology, righthanded, correct - asked by seacommander - 2 answers
Do Japanese use the term "Japan", or do they refer to their country only as "Nippon" (Nihon)?
In japan, language, etymology - asked by Poindexter - 2 answers
Which English words are derived from Arabic?
In English, Arabic, etymology - asked by xoloriib - 2 answers
Why 'humbug'? Is there any reason Dickens chose this word for Scrouge? Does the sweet pre-date this? Was it in common usage in Victorian times?
In humbug, etymology - asked by duffield1 - 1 answer
How did Ladybirds get their name?
In ladybirds, etymology - asked by seacommander - 1 answer
What is the origin of the term ‘acker’ (I think that’s how it’s spelt)?
In etymology - asked by seacommander - 2 answers
Where does the word 'sprawncy' or 'sprauncy' come from? I have drawn a blank.
In English, etymology - asked by P-Kasso - 2 answers
What is the origin of the saying ‘old chestnut’? We know that it relates to a many repeated tale or old/stale joke; but can anybody tell me why a chestnut was selected as the object to typify staleness
In language, etymology - asked by seacommander - 2 answers
Why can't you fight fire with fire and where does the saying originate?
In etymology, fire, history - asked by - 5 answers
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