Tag Archives: word history

Why do we get stir crazy?

Find out some background to this old expression here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Why do the chickens come home to roost?

No, it isn’t the follow up to the chicken crossing the road, but it is a phrase that has been around for a long time. In fact, in seems we have Chaucer to thank for this one. Find out more … Continue reading

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The Big Apple

Ever wondered where that phrase comes from? Find out here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Best bib and tucker etc.

We’ve got a collection of phrases today: Best bib and tucker From pillar to post Like the clappers (although I would have said clapper) Brassed off Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Swashbuckling

Here is a bit of background to a good word. Swashbuckling. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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What is the mail in blackmail?

Blackmail is an ugly word, as we all know. It is also an odd one, until you know the background behind it. The links aren’t what you might think. So what is the mail in blackmail? It all makes much more … Continue reading

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Some quaint old expressions

Here is the background to some of our old sayings: Not my pigeon Not as green as you are cabbage looking Sidekick Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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