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What is the origin of the expression 'You rock'?
Answer It comes from one of the processes of making woollen cloth. After it had been woven, the cloth still contained oil from the fleece, mixed with dirt. It wa…s cleaned in a fulling mill, but then it had to be dried carefully or it would shrink and crease. So the lengths of wet cloth were stretched on wooden frames, and left out in the open for some time. This allowed them to dry and straightened their weave. These frames were the tenters, and the tenter hooks were the metal hooks used to fix the cloth to the frame. At one time, it would have been common in manufacturing areas to see fields full of these frames (older English maps sometimes marked an area as a tenter-field). So it was not a huge leap of the imagination to think of somebody on tenterhooks as being in an state of anxious suspense, stretched like the cloth on the tenter. The tenters have gone, but the meaning has survived. Tenter comes from the Latin tendere, to stretch, via a French intermediate. The word has been in the language since the fourteenth century, and on tenters soon after became a phrase meaning painful anxiety. The exact phrase on tenterhooks seems first to have been used by Tobias Smollett in Roderick Random in 1748.
The expression "went south" is used to define failure, loss or a bad experience and started after the Civil War. "Went South" was used in a derogatory manner to infer that any…thing from the South was bad, a failure. The term is attributed to General William Sherman during the burning of Atlanta.
The predecessor to the United States Coast Guard was the Revenue Cutter Service. It was established in 1790 by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Its primary mission was t…o crack down on piracy and, while at sea doing that, to help vessels in distress. After the U. S. bought Alaska from Russia in 1867, the U. S. placed a tariff on harvested seals in order to help pay the $7 million cost of acquiring "Seward's Folly." Gold had not yet been discovered in Alaska. Therefore, the tax on the seal harvest was the greatest money maker at the time. Two Revenue Cutter Service ships bore the name of Treasury Secretary Richard Rush (1825 - 1829). The first one was tasked with catching seal poachers. With the Rush on the lookout, poachers would often exclaim, "Let's get there before the Rush!"
Comes from the military/navy, specifically submarine jargon. Refers to the order for seamen "lookout(s)" that are "topside" to descend into the sub from their lookout stations… in preparation of the sub submerging..."Lookouts below! Dive! Dive! Dive!"
to try to get a blessing from the nyad/dryad believed to live in the tree the wood came from.
If memory serves me right, it was used in an advertisement for Sunlong rice. the Sales Rep tells the Asian shop-keeper about a new variety of long grain rice called Sunlong. T…he shop-keeper replies "Me think it 'mazing'". The ad ran on TV around the mid eighties
In olden times, How do you do meant "How do you fare" or "How's it going." Over time it has become a stock greeting when first introduced to someone.
bald-coot. Also baldicoot. Popular name for the Coot (Fulica atra), from its pure white wide frontal plate, destitute of feathers. Used fig. and contemptuously as = bald…-head.
"More better" is just bad grammar, nothing else. The word better is sufficient by itself, it is not necessary nor correct to say "more better".
RI think old England. "Dead ringer" from what i know was the term given to people who where buried alive by accident from drinking whisky from lead cups causing them to pass o…ut for long periods of time. England being so small they where running out of grave yard space so they would dig up old coffins and discard old bones so they could reuse the coffins, in doing this they found that quite a few coffin lids had scratch marks on them from burying people by accident alive so they started to tie a string on the dead and ran it up out of the ground and attached a bell to it Hence the term "Dead inger"
This was the pet name that Alma Spreckels gave to her husband Adolph Spreckels who was the heir along with his brother Rudolph to the Spreckels sugar fortune.
Holy Dynamis Dynamis Greek for power something amazing
I am lead to believe the English commoners bathed only once per year, normally in May. As June is the warmest month in England & the "Clean Smell" hadn't yet completely dissap…eared most weddings occured in June hence "The June Bride"
According to the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, knock it off originated in nautical and military circles, wherein knock off meant "to relieve some…one at the end of a shift." It's current widespread use in the general population dates back to at least 1902.
Daffy duck said it in a bugs bunny cartoon
The expression 'chip on your shoulder' is rooted from ship yards workers in the 1600's. The phrase reflects shipwrights that allowed workers to take home 'chips' or pieces… of wood they good use for their family.
Sorry; my favorite online etymological dictionary has no such listing. However, "fiddle" does carry a contemptuous sense, "fiddle-faddle" means "trifles" or "busy oneself …with trifles; talk nonsense", and "fiddle-dee-dee" is a contemptuous nonsense word.