Friday’s Phrase – Raining Cats and Dogs

This is a very common phrase, and a great number of variations span across many languages. It is also one that has held onto more than one long-standing mythical etymology that swirls through the internet today.

Friday’s Phrase – Graveyard Shift

The popular theory, although entertaining and a bit creepy, comes from an oft repeated origin, that goes something like this:

Friday’s Phrase – Chomping at the Bit

And we have seen through this series how idioms of this time period often revolve around horses.

Friday’s Phrase – Mind Your Own Beeswax

There is a popular story that says, back in the 18th and 19th centuries, women who suffered from disfiguring marks left by small pox used beeswax to smooth out their complexion.

Friday’s Phrase – The Proof is in the Pudding

As referenced above, this phrase is just shorthand for ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’.

Friday’s Phrase – Sweat Like a Pig

Welcome to the weekly series “Friday’s Phrase”. A whimsical and informative look at the idioms, phrases, proverbs and colloquialisms we commonly use, what they mean, and where they came from. This week’s phrase:      “sweat like a pig” This is another favorite. I use it often as, for me, I can begin to sweat … Continue reading

Friday’s Phrase – An Arm and a Leg

Later, I heard the tale that portrait painters used to charge more for larger paintings and that a head and shoulders painting was the cheapest option, followed in price by one which included arms and finally the top of the range ‘legs and all’ portrait.

Friday’s Phrase – Hop, Skip, and Jump

We, this week, get a phrase born of true history.

Friday’s Phrase – Deaf as a Post

A whimsical and informative look at the idioms, phrases, proverbs and colloquialisms we commonly use, what they mean, and where they came from.

Friday’s Phrase – Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

This is more a proverb than an idiom, and as with most wisdom the origin is ancient and unknown. We have some clues, however.

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