What is the origin of the phrase?
According to DigitalHistory (http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu), "California or Bust" was the first phase to use "...or bust!". Pioneers heading west put this on their front gates or front doors of their properties when they suddenly left for a better life in the western US.
I imagine it started with rechargeable batteries and someone just personified the concept to include people needing energy.
The origin of the phrase 'talking trash' is believed to be theUnited States around 1980 or 1981. The phrase was often used inurban settings or during sports events. Different countries havedifferent phrases to describe this type of talk including the term'sledging' used in the UK.
The phrase catching a cold is an idiom since you cannot physicallycatch an illness. This phrase has been around for hundreds of yearsbut there is no indication as to when it originated.
The origin of the phrase 'dead easy comes from the Englishlanguage. The term dead actually meant 'simple' or 'completely' anddates back to the 14th century with this usage.
This is a real brain tester. I do Know the origins of several other phrases, such as "The Whole Nine Yards" referring to the 9 yds of fabric used for the Scottish great kilt. ***CORRECTION*** TO "THE WHOLE NINE YARDS" No suits, kilts or wedding veils here. (The Scottish did not use yards as a m…easurement!) This answer came straight from several WWII vets. In WWII, gunners in aircraft (tail gunners, belly gunners, etc) had limited space and weight available for ammunition. The length of a machine-gun bullet chain for these aircraft, when stretched out, measured 27 feet in length. So when the gunner "let him have it" he gave the enemy the "whole 9 yards." But I believe I just may have a starting point. In the latter part of the 1800's, est around 1860, Winchester was advertising its ammunition as The Most Accurate "Right Out of The Box". (MORE)
It is believed to have derived from Hocus-Pocus, a meaningless Latin-sounding phrase used by conjurers.
They two were searching for gold in the forest. One found thegold first but the tiger was hungry so the first person was eaten.The second person found the gold and took it safely because thetiger was busy eating. Some people don't know the story but useslucky last a lot.............................s…o mainly this is whylast is called lucky.... (MORE)
The expression was originally "God be with Ye (or you)", as a sort of blessing or good luck phrase to someone leaving your presence and was later shortened to 'good bye'.
This phrase comes from fruits ripe for the picking. This is because those fruits are in a precarious position ready to fall, be plucked or harvested. Similarly hanging in there regards social circumstances of standing bye in uncertainty awaiting resolve.
At the time when Oscar Wilde was on trial for indecent acts, Mrs. Patrick Campbell (a noted actress) was asked by a friend what on earth Oscar and is men frieds got up to, an wasn't it disgusting? Mrs. Pat replied, 'I don't care what they do, as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten th…e horses'. (MORE)
The phrase On The Arm came from the Mafia. To show their respects to the Mafia Boss who protected their neighborhood or fear of being extorted, the store owners would not allow them to pay for items. The store owners would take their right hand and brush it against their left arm as a way of… saying, "Forget about it" No charge, Free, (Fuhgeddaboudit) (MORE)
This actually goes back to medieval and Pagan rituals of marriage or traditions in some cultures where the brind and groom have a cord tied around their wrists during the ceremony to show that they are bound together for life from that point forward.
Around the 1580's the phrase in the nick meant in the cut or notch to mean at a precise moment in time. The phrase evolved to be in the nick of time. Nowadays the meaning has also evolved to mean at the last moment. At the last second. Example: I was begging to starve but in the nick of time, th…e pizza man delivered our food. (MORE)
Tarnation and darnation (the latter probably having come first) are both euphemistic forms of damnation. Tarnation seems to have been influenced by tarnal, another mild oath derived from ( e ) ternal! The Oxford English Dictionary cites late-18th-century examples of tarnation from New En…gland, indicating that it has been part of American speech since colonial days. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tarnation It's a trudication of " what in the entire nation?" Jus shows ya wut kin hapin to a langwidge over tym! ;) (MORE)
it goes back to the 1880's when Lord Salisbury, the Prime Minister gave a political job in Ireland to Arthur Balfour. Lord Salisbury was known to Arthur Balfour as 'Uncle Bob'. Lord Salisbury had given a job to a member of his family. The public became aware of this so the words 'Bobs your Uncle' be…came a sarcastic comment. Later when the words passed into common usage in the English language they came to mean "you've got it made - easy - that's great" (MORE)
Karst is a name for a certain type of landscape where the bedrock is riddled with cracks, fissures and caves formed by water dissolving/eroding the bedrock. "Of karstic origin" would refer to something (probably geological) that has been shaped under similar circumstances like a karstic landscape ha…s been formed. (MORE)
The idiom "finder's keepers" actually refers to a Roman law. Thelaw basically meant that once something was unowned or abandoned,whoever found it could keep it.
The term 'can't hold your liquor' is an English term. It means thatyou get sick after just drinking a very small amount of liquor.
It refers to Dr Samual Mudd who was imprisoned after being implicated in the assination of Abraham Lincoln. He was later released but not pardoned - hence the 'mud(d) sticks' saying.
There is a belief that the Irish people are renowned for their (bad) temper. People therefore sometimes refer to the Irish Temper . So, "Don't get your Irish up." means "Don't lose your temper. Stay calm. Don't be angry." See Related Link below ads
The word "rune" was used by the Germanic tribes from at least 1800 years ago until about 1000 years ago as a form of writing. Which has been replace by the Roman alphabet that we use today. (This paragraph is my opinion, not fact) It is not a fact, but from the research I have done I believe th…at this is the original origin of the word. And that somewhere in the translation from the Runic alphabet to the Roman alphabet, we got the word "money". I believe this to be true because they have found old poems in both Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic, where the word "rune" has been used to define money. This has now got me puzzled also, and I am going to continue to research it. If I find out anything new with some sort of evidence to back up it, I will update this post. But for now, this is all I have. (MORE)
When a server receives a connexion, it's usually saved somewhere, in files called "logs", along with all the actions you do on the server until you disconnect. So, when you connect somewhere, the logs are started (Logs ON) until you disconnect, then the logs are stopped (Logs OFF).
In the sport of boxing a fight lasts for several rounds separated by a short interval for the fighters to rest and lick their wounds. The end of each round is announced by a bell so if you are in difficulty towards the end of a round then you will be saved by the bell because then your opponent …must stop hitting you.. or. Buried alive. Anyone's worst nightmare. There was a strange disease in the 1500's that would slow one's heartbeat and breathing enough that upon inspection, the afflicted person would indeed seem quite dead. When England began to run out of room to bury recently deceased people, they dug up the coffins of people who had long been deceased, removing their bones from the coffins and placing them in a bone house and re-using the gravesite. When opening the coffins of long ago buried bodies, they noticed that 1 out of every 25 coffins had scratch marks on the inside. The town folks had been burying people while they were still alive. To avoid anymore people being buried alive, a string would be tied to the wrist of each corpse, threaded through the coffin,up through the ground, and tied to a bell. Someone would have to sit in the graveyard all night and listen for the bell to ring, just in case the corpse was not really a corpse. Hence the phrases: Saved by the bell, Dead ringer and Graveyard shift.. This website casts doubt on whether the phrase was ever actually used in connection with burials. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/saved-by-the-bell.html (MORE)
It originated in Europe during the Middle Ages, where burial space was often in short supply. To maximize use of space in many cemeteries, the dead were often buried in six foot vertical shafts, rather than the usual horizontal grave position. The vertical position was considered less socially respe…ctable. So when you get the proverbial shaft, your getting something disrespectful done to you. (MORE)
well graves are below ground, right. there might also be some connection with the Spanish word for Labor- Trabajo= which is related to Bajo- below-down ( arriba is up) and thus a labor enterprise- or Undertaking. the Spanish word for work is almost literally ( Undertaking) from what I know of this l…anguage. a negative work attitude so to speak. This doesn"t quite work with other languages Arbeit- work, labor in German has no negative connotations, and neither does Travail in French, though Devoir is sometimes ( make-work) or Busy work such as homework assignments. (MORE)
This has a Biblical origin. It can be found in various passages in the Old Testament and New Testament John 8:52-55). It eventually came to mean a convenant or promise that would be considered heartfelt and lasting. (IMHO)
1996 Summer Olympics when Kerri Strug was preparing to do a vault with a broken ankle, the camera flashed to her coach, Bela Karolyi shouting "You can do it!" With a Russian accent. It was parodied shortly thereafter by numerous Adam Sandler films, most recognizably Rob Sneider's line in "The Water …Boy". (MORE)
"Sweeps the nation" comes from the first PacMac game in the early 60s. In the game, PacMan is seen to use a broom and dustpan to get rid of the killer ghosts. Once the ghosts were dispatched, PacMan would move on to sweep up other areas of the game. When the entire nation had been swept, the game wo…uld end. Thus "sweep the nation" came to mean anything that effectively covered the entire nation in a small amount of time. (A full game only lasted a few minutes.) (MORE)
It is from the cloth industry, where a small flaw was seen in the manufacturing process of fabric, a string was inserted so the flaw could be easily identified. If 'no strings attached' the cloth was perfect.
In the Biblical story of Job, he was subjected to many bad things for many years, but never lost his faith in God.
this means to be called to help or called to service in the area or gifts of help.
As an informal word meaning "utterly" plumb may derive from its formal meaning of "exactly vertical." But the variant spelling "plum" suggests that its origin may lie elsewhere.
Scotland. One of the bedrooms of Glamis Castle, in Scotland, contains a chest of seven drawers that was designed for holding and organizing the royal occupant's clothing. Clothing was placed in one of the chest's drawers depending on the day of the week it was for. Thus, starting with Monday's cloth…es, these were stored in the drawer closest to the floor. Next, Tuesday's clothes were in the next drawer up and so on for the clothing for each day of the rest of the week, with the top drawer designated for Sunday's clothing. Since the garb for Sunday was traditionally the finest of the week, the expression "top drawer" came to be associated with "the finest". (MORE)
Nellie was never discovered. People have said that the name Nelliewas added after negative for the use of alliteration. But other sayings like Chatty Cathy, do originate from something.Chatty Cathy, has the name Cathy because the first talking dollsname was Cathy. With a string attached to her back …to pull to hearher speak, she was named "Chatty Cathy". Researchers are stilllooking for who or what Nellie was, but as right now, the answer isthere isn't a origination. (MORE)
According to dictionary.com is a phrase termed in 1739 in reference to a flowering plant that has gone to seed, looking ratty and unkempt
The first dice were actual six-sided knuckle bones, used by Roman legionnaires circa 6th. century.
The phrase angel of death appears in the Bible in the Book of Exodus chapter 12 verse 23. Exo 12:23 When the LORD goes through Egypt to kill the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the beams and the doorposts and will not let the Angel of Death enter your houses and kill you.
Two guilty men were sentenced to death but the presiding judge was in a lenient mood and offered one man his freedom. To decide who should be released the men each rolled a die. The man who rolled the higher number was released, and the other executed. Hence dicing with death.
This has to do with a stranded Arab with a camel who lost his ability to walk. To survive the arid heat, he had to "bust the hump" (a very difficult task) of the camel to get nutrition and hydration.
We all have our cross to bear means that we can't make progress without SOME suffering. A bit more: Since Jesus was forced to bear (carry) his own cross on which he was crucified, it is assumed this phrase originated from that.
I've been told that when someone shoots themselves to death, thatthey have such a grip on the gun that their fingers have to bepried off the gun grip.
Open Fire is the command to fire at will, as opposed to volley fire, wherein the group fires simultaneously. This from the old days of singe-shot weapons.
Clans in the USA in the early years punished community individuals when they commited a serious offence by saying 'You're fired' and subsequently burnt their homes.
Axl Rose says the gun represents the fight and the rose represents the win, and the name of the band also comes from the junction of two bands, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Roses
I believe it came from the era of the Great Depression when consumers had very little money. However, if you had soup on your dinner table you were doing much better than some. If you were "crying in your soup" then you were not being grateful or appreciating the very fact that you had soup and were… crying when others had it soucj worse. (MORE)
It's used in legalese when writing contracts. It's used to say that if you don't complete your end of the bargain by a certain time, incurable damages will occur and the contract is void. Essentially, the essence of the contract is dependent on time.
From teenagers in the 1970's of course. - It is shortened from "There is no way that that can happen."
From the division of north and south during the civil war, the Mason/Dixon line....slavery.....for those who opposed and those who did not.
in the 1800's nearly Everyone would wear a top hat. the hatter would always make his hats by hand. The process of making a hats involves some chemicals and one of those chemicals would be mercury. Hatters would take hours inside a closed area with no fresh air and the mercury would make them go craz…y or mad. Hatters would mostly always known to be a little crazy or insane and that is where the cliche was formed. (MORE)