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Answer The first I heard the use of this phrase was in reference to a pack of wolves and their leader. In the wild, male wolves fight to be the top dog and have t…he rights to the best females. Somehow, it also became applied to people.
The saying "falling asleep" originates from the old english saying "ye old falleth to thine laying box" in which the sensation was developed of feeling like you are fallin…g through the air.
The expression goes back to the theater of Shakespeare's time, when men criticized the acting by making noises that sounded like a fence full of cats.
Wikipedia describes the English idiom "down to earth" as meaning "practical and realistic", implying a stable footing for one's behaviour. It's not difficult to i…magine how the phrase came about if you think of it as having the same origins as "keep your feet on the ground". If you jump up in the air, it's not a stable position... gravity rather gets in the way and brings you... "down to earth" Think of all the phrases meaning having or finding stability which are rooted in the same idea (actually even the word "rooted" implies the same thing): "He's a down to earth kinda guy", "Keeping your feet on the ground", "Coming back down to earth", "That idea is grounded in reality (the emphasis being on grounded here)" ...or those which imply instability by being away from planet Earth "That's all up in the air", "Head in the clouds" etc.
"Plumb" refers to a "plumb-bob," a device used to make sure that a building is built straight up-and-down (not leaning). "Plumb straight" means "completely straight." In that… way "plumb forgot" came to mean "completely forgot."
In the early 20th century, Nellie was a nickname for a female horse. A skittish horse was known as a nervous one, hence, nervous Nellie.
Meaning: eager to listen; attentive Origin: The ear is the organ by which a person hears. So, if we figuratively say that "you are all ears," it means that at that moment yo…u are keenly listening to whatever is being said. It's as if no other part of your body mattered except your ears. This idiom is about three centuries old. Waiting with excitement to hear what the person has to say. Example: "You said you had something important to tell me. I'm all ears!"
Here is some info on the origin of both words, happy and birthday. The word happy in happy birthday is to state that they want you to have a happy one, like in almost eve…ry saying (Happy Halloween, Happy New Year, etc.) related to holidays. In Merry Christmas, Merry means happy, so it would be "Happy" Christmas in other words. If happy wasn't in the saying happy birthday, there would just be Birthday. If instead of happy was Sad, it would be sad birthday, which nobody wants unless you invited a your arch enemy to your party, which nobody would do "I hope". ---- Every holiday starts on one day, and starts again on the exact same day in one year. Birthdays however, have the day officially marked on the day the person who marked it was born. If someone named Joe Ford was born on May 26, 1982, Joe would mark his birthday on May 26. Joe's DOB (Date Of Birth) is May 26, 1982 Your age is really how many of your holidays passed by minus DOB. This is where you get Birthday. Birth is the event that takes place when your born. A day is equal to 24 hours. Since Joe was born on May 26, 1982, The age increases by one on his birthday. Holidays are special days. Therefore, birthdays are days where the person who marked its age increases by one. ---- Did you know that companies or organizations have birthdays and births too? Anniversaries are used instead of birthdays. Births are the days something starts or the company opens its business to the public for the first time. If a new location starts in the same chain as another company, (Example: A new part of the Waffle House opens in Hollywood, California, [I'm not saying it did, I wouldn't know about it if it did] it would share the same Anniversary) it would share the same anniversary. The list below should help you. ---- Word A Word B Meanings Birthday Anniversary Both mean Birthday Birth (DOB) Day of Marriage/Launch/etc. (DOM/L/etc.) Day something starts/is born ---- What's the orgin of the words happy, birth, and day? See the table below. ---- Word Orgin Happy [Middle English, from hap, luck. See http://www.answers.com/topic/hap.] Day [Middle English dai, day, from Old English dæg.] Birth [Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin.] ---- Now you know all about the orgin Happy Birthday, what they mean in other words, and why we use them. If this wasn't enough, go to http://www.answers.com/ for more. From Beckymax
John Sweat Rock spoke about the idea of black as beautiful during one of his abolitionist speeches. As to where the actual phrase came from, no one is quite sure.
Lucky Fish comes from the rare novel by an Anglo Saxon temptress often referred to as the "lucky fish" due to her smell " figure it out" and her coming from Ireland! any geeks… or nerds who think this is a wrong definition... just suck it up!!
Treading the boards, meaning to act in a play, originated in travelling theatrical troupes, who would erect temporary stages by laying boards flat on a low platform to elevate… the actors so a large group could see all the action.
The origin is actually in terms of theater. When an actor/actress is supposed to cry in a particular scene they use the term "To make Crocodile Tears". Since crocodile's can't… cry, it's sort of an inside slang between people of the theater. (The only way for Crocodile's to cry is for them to fake it).
According to the Scots language dictionary 'jenny' can be sued to describe 'a lot of'. So a tea jenny is someone who drinks a lot of tea. I was called this as a small child.
dr. tenma from Astro Boy, everyone knows that.
Appears the term got its start as "svingskift" (literally: swing shift) in the offshore petroleum industry in Norway referring to a two-week tour during which employees work 1…2-hour days the first seven days and 12-hour nights the second, thus 'swinging' from a day shift to a night shift. The next reference to 'swing-shift' appears during the Second World War, where factories were on a 24x7 schedule with 3 shifts, 'swing-shift' being the second shift of mid-afternoon to midnight.