What is the origin of the phrase hanky panky?
It is believed to have derived from Hocus-Pocus, a meaningless Latin-sounding phrase used by conjurers.
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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 the rights to the best females. Somehow, it also became applied to people.
Answer . Trickery - double dealing. Also, more recently, sexual shenanigans. Origin. This is one of those nonsense terms that was just made up as having an attractive alliteration or rhyme, like 'the mutt's nuts' etc. The words themselves have no inherent meaning.. The term is first recorded i…n the first edition of ' Punch, or the London Charivari ', Vol 1, Sept, 1841:. "Only a little hanky-panky, my lud. The people likes it; they loves to be cheated before their faces. One, two, three-presto-begone. I'll show your ludship as pretty a trick of putting a piece of money in your eye and taking it out of your elbow, as you ever beheld.". The second meaning has been with us since the middle of the 20th century, as here from George Bernhard Shaw's Geneva, 1939:. She: No hanky panky. I am respectable; and I mean to keep respectable. He: I pledge you my word that my intentions are completely honorable.. (MORE)
Although the general consensus to the origin of "Dressed to the Nines" is unknown; consider the meaning to be simply a reference of scale. " On a scale of one to ten; you are dressed to the nines" Since perfection can never be attained, nine would be the absolute best. The plural version on nine "Ni…nes" is nothing more than people trying to make more of the number nine and fractionalizing it for further impact. With this definition in mind, every use of the term would make sense. The phrases 'to the nines', or 'to the nine', were used to indicate perfection - the highest standards. That was in use in the 18th century, as here from William Hamilton's Epistle to Ramsay , 1719: . How to the nines they did content me.. In fact, the earliest reference of "to the nine" may not have been "to the nine" at all. A phrase similar to "to the nine" appears in a translation of Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier , which appeared anonymously in France circa 1357 and is attributed to Sir John Mandeville. In the English translation of this work is found the line: Sir king! ye shall have war without peace, and always to the nine degree , ye shall be in subjection of your enemies, and ye shall be needy of all goods. The original work was written in Anglo-Norman French and is much translated. Whether the 'to the nine' is a literal translation from the original or whether it was added by translators later, and possibly as late as 1900, isn't clear. It doesn't seem likely that the phrase existed in English as early as the 14th century, not to appear again in print until the 18th century. However, it should be noted that the French word for the number nine is neuf , but neuf is also the French word meaning "new" in the sense of being brand new. It is therefore possible that when translating the passage above, the correct literary translation might have been: Sir king! ye shall have war without peace, and always to the newest degree , ye shall be in subjection of your enemies, and ye shall be needy of all goods. In this case "to the newest degree" would refer to facing an enemy with the latest, never before seen weapons and strategies for war. Therefore, it could have been a simple translation error that led to the expression "to the nine." 'To the nines' has now gone out of use and only persists in the more specific 'dressed to the nines' (or sometimes 'dressed up to the nines'). Dressed to the nines, or dressed up to the nines are merely a version of the phrase that is applied to clothing. That is first cited in John C. Hotten's A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words , 1859 as: . DRESSED UP TO THE NINES', in a showy 'recherchÃ©' manner.. Many theories abound as to what prompted the phrase to be used in reference to dress. The fact that the prior phrase to the nines had been in existence for at least 150 years before we see dressed to the nines makes it obvious that the derivation of the variant version of the phrase need have had no connection with the number nine. Despite this, various attempts have been made to guess at the origin. One has it that tailors used nine yards of material to make a suit (or according to some authors a shirt). The more material you had the more status, although nine yards seems generous even for a fop. Another commonly repeated explanation comes from the reportedly smart uniforms of the The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) 99th Foot, which was raised in 1824. The problem with these explanations is that they come with zero hard evidence to support them, apart from a reference to the number nine (or even 99, which seems to be stretching the cloth rather thinly). The regiment was raised in the early 19th century, which is the right sort of date for the phrase to begin to be used in the middle of that century. It is at least plausible that the to the nines phrase was matched with the 99 of the regiment's name to and reputation to coin dressed to the nines . As we have seen ad nauseam with similar attempts to explain "the whole nine yards," there are many things that come in groups of nine. Almost anything associated with the number has been at some point put forward as the origin of this phrase. The fact is, we aren't sure. While no one knows the origin of 'to the nines' it is worth noting that nine has been used as a superlative in other contexts. Classical mythology gave us the nine Muses of arts and learning. The Nine Worthies were drawn from the mythology, history and the Bible. This distinguished group was Joshua, David, Judas MaccabÃ¦us, Hector, Alexander, Julius CÃ¦sar, Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bouillon. We also have the nine days' wonder. Also known as a 'ninety-day wonder' for quickened passage of rank-rising military officers in times of war. All of the above would have been well-known when this phrase was coined. A more recent link between nine and excellence is 'cloud nine'. A further reference and possibly the origin is found in Naval uniforms. Uniforms are always referred to by numbers. The number 9 uniform or "Number Nines" has changed in definition over time and in some cases has been described as canvas like material as stiff as boards, and at others as "9's: White front and white shorts, worn with white top cap. Equivalent of 3's in whites ". A further description is [No 9 : White Dress, single breasted fully buttoned white tunic, white top cap, white shoes, medals] The U.S Navy does not use this system. (MORE)
The saying "falling asleep" originates from the old english saying"ye old falleth to thine laying box" in which the sensation wasdeveloped of feeling like you are falling 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.
\nWikipedia 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 imagine 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 th…e air, it's not a stable position... gravity rather gets in the way and brings you... "down to earth"\n. \nThink 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):\n"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)"\n. \n...or those which imply instability by being away from planet Earth\n"That's all up in the air", "Head in the clouds" etc. (MORE)
I got interested in this when reading a historical novel set in 1860s New York. The heroine wnet out on her birthday, alone, with a couple of dollars "mad money". I wondered what the origin of the phrase might be. I found an article that explained it. "Mad Money: A Semantic Change" by George Javo…r in American Speech, Vol. 50, No. 1/2, (Spring - Summer, 1975),. Apparently "mad money" was "noted as early as 1922 by Howard J. Savage (Dialect Notes 5: 148) at the end of an article on Bryn Mawr slang. Savage's definition is 'money a girl carries in case she has a row with her escort and wishes to go home alone.' " But it developed a second meaning: "By 1946, a second meaning of the term had been recorded by C. M. Woodard ("A Word-List from Virginia and North Carolina," PADS, no. 6, pp. 4-43). He gave the meaning already noted ('money taken along by a girl on a date to be used in case she falls out with her companion and wants to come home early,' p. 20), and then added: 'Also money used by a girl or woman for small purchases.' Among general dictionaries, Webster's Third was the first to record the term with both meanings. Its definitions are 'carfare carried by a girl on a date to provide a means of escaping her escort in the event of unwanted familiarities; broadly: a small sum carried by a woman for emergency use.' The second definition is similar to Woodard's, but it relates the sum used for "small purchases" to the sense of emergency implicit in the older meaning." The author then gave some of his students a "questionnaire that they completed asked: "What is your definition of mad money? If you know the term in more than one meaning, give both." An overwhelming number, 92 percent, gave as their answers a definition that is different from either of those in the dictionaries. This new meaning of mad money may be phrased thus: 'money to be spent FOOLISHLY, for some- thing you DON'T NEED, on the SPUR OF THE MOMENT or FRIVOLOUSLY, indeed CRAZILY.' One or more of the emphasized concepts appeared in practically every answer." Javor points out that the meanings of "mad" from angry to crazy allow this drift. His article was written in 1975. I wonder what "mad money" can mean now! (MORE)
I believe it originated with food. A nut can be dipped in chocolate, allowed to cool, and then dipped again for a thicker coating of chocolate. Double dipping has come to mean getting more than your share, or getting paid twice for the same time or service. Someone who retires and then draws a pe…nsion, plus gets paid as a consultant related to their previous work is called a double-dipper. People who work on commission sometimes get paid for managing a client's account, and also get a commission for the buying or selling they do for the client. This is called double dipping and in some cases is unethical or illegal. In financial terms, double-dipping is when you get paid twice for the same work, get reimbursed twice for the same expense, or get paid twice from the same source (pension plus consulting). Example: Your employer sends you on a trip and pays for the expenses and then you deduct the cost of the travel as a business-related expense from your taxes - illegal! Back to food, in an episode of Seinfeld, George dips a chip in the communal dip bowl, bites off the covered portion and then dips the chip a second time. Another party goer has a fit because George's double-dipping is spreading germs. Where double dipping in other situations created higher quality, or richer food (double-dipped chocolates, or double batter dipped fried chicken), double dipping chips was ruining the food (dip). His behavior was considered rude, unethical or immoral. George is called a double-dipper as a derogatory epithet. A fight ensued. (MORE)
"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 femalehorse. A skittish horse was known as a nervous one, hence, nervousNellie.
From the U.S. Navy publication Nomenclature of Ships (John Snelling, 1981), the phrase "son of a gun" is described as:. In an attempt to keep down the large number of deserters in the British Navy, the sailors were kept on board their ships while in English ports. But "wives" were allowed on boar…d; one per man, with no questions asked. Cramped conditions on the ships caused the "ladies" to sling their hammocks between the guns in the 'tween decks. The phrase "son of a gun" originated here. In fact, the expression questioned the legitimacy of anyone. The old definition of a man-o'-war's man was "Begotten in the galley and born under a gun. Every hair a rope yarn, every tooth a marlin's spike, each finger a fishhook and in his blood, right good Stockholm tar." . However, the actual origin might just be another nautical myth. (MORE)
That's the way a woman looks at you that shows she's sexually attracted. Bedrooms tend to be darker and the pupils expand. This creates an attraction that is built into the human psyche to protect and nurture.
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 you are keenly listening to whatever is being said. It's as if no other part of your body mattered except your ears. This i…diom 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!" (MORE)
"Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American andBritish," mentions some similar phrases that mean "How's your sexlife?" They refer to the male organs and are "low" phrases (hesays) of U.S. origin, dating from the 1920s."
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 every saying (Happy Halloween, Happy New Year, etc.) related to holidays. In Merry Christmas, Merry means happy, so it would be "Ha…ppy" 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 dÃ¦g .]. 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. (MORE)
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)
Hanky panky means fooling around sexually, like foreplay and having sex. Like Tommy Jones and the Shondells sang proudly, "My baby does the hanky panky, yeah. . ." His baby fools around. What can I say?
Bang Records producer Jeff Barry wrote it, and he apparently pressed the song on Neil Diamond to sing on one of Diamond's first albums. But the big hit version of it was by Tommy James & the Shondells.
( thegamut ) 1The completerange or scope of something: the whole gamut of humanemotion . EXAMPLE SENTENCES Anger, jealousy, possessiveness, suspicion, aggression - Harryexperiences a whole gamut of human emotions, but seems to able tocontrol them much better that he did in The Phoenix. Her fa…ce could register the gamut of human emotions without everfully revealing her inner nature. These stories take you on an exciting journey, and you traverse awhole gamut of human experience and emotions that reflect thechanging Tamil milieu. (MORE)
I think you mean 'hunky-dory' The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang suggests that the term may have been introduced in America about1865 by a popular variety performer named Japanese Tommy. Otherreferences suggest that it may have been sailors' slang for astreet in Yokohama that… catered for what one might describe as thespecial needs of sailors. In Yokohama today a broad thoroughfarecalled Honcho-dori runs from the centre of the city to theport area, so one that would have been familiar to sailors( dori is the Japanese word for a road, in particular a broador important one). What seems certain is that hunky-dory was a play on anexisting sense of the word hunky for something that wasfine, splendid or satisfactory. In turn, this probably derives fromthe adjective hunk , which means that one is all right or ina safe or good position. This derives from the Dutch honk ,meaning "goal" or "home" in a Frisian variant of the game of tag.This word (and presumably the game, too) was said to have beentaken by the Dutch to New Amsterdam, later New York, but was firstrecorded only around the 1840s. It has links to anotherreduplicated term, hunkum-bunkum . Though the first partsounds a bit like the hunker of hunker down (which isalso of Dutch origin), the words seem not to be related. It may be that hunky-dory was the result of a bilingual pun,perhaps invented because American sailors knew the word dori and prefixed it with hunky as an imagined Japanese street ofearthly delights. (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)
Here's what I learned: Down by the bank of the hanky panky Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky Where the eeps, ops, sodapops Hey Mr. Lilypad and went kerplops with a cherry on top I saw noah walk in the park Stepped on an animal and built the ark Here come the animals two-by-tw…o Hippopotamus a kangaroo Ka-BOOM (MORE)
Down by the banks of the hanky panky Where the bullfrogs jump form bank to banky With a heeps, hops, soda pops Hey Mr. Willy and he went kerplops With a cherry on top Here comes Noah walking in the dark steps on a hammer and builds the ark Here comes the animals two by two Hippopotamus, kangaroo …Kaboom, on you Deep in the jungle where nobody knows There's a big fat gorilla picking his nose And he picks, picks, flicks, and it lands on you Kaboom! (MORE)
History . The master's degree has had somewhat a "checkered reputation" (Spencer, p. 5) in the United States. Since its debut in the 1850s at the University of Michigan, for instance, critics have questioned the academic legitimacy of the master's degree, dismissing it as a stepping-stone to the …Ph.D. or as a consolation prize for those who failed to complete their doctoral studies. Although historically viewed as ancillary to the doctorate, the changing nature of the U.S. workplace has contributed to a redefinition of the purpose and value of the master's degree in the latter quarter of the twentieth century. According to Eileen O'Brien, this "transformation occurred on an institution-by-institution basis, with the degree being adapted to offer an educational program focusing on specialization, professionalization, and career enhancement and development" (p. 4). Findings from the Council of Graduate Schools' sponsored National Study of Master's Degrees, outlined in Clifton F. Conrad et al.'s 1993 work, established that the master's degree is now frequently recognized as a significant - and often terminal - credential designating advanced preparation and training in a specialized area of study, most commonly for the purposes of entry into or advancement within the world of professional practice. (Education Encyclopedia). For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (Answers.com) indicated directly below this answer section. (MORE)
Down by the bay with the hanky panks, where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank, sayin, east, ise, oh's, ew's, east side,west side, ping pong, your daddy smells like king kong, apples, peaches, pares, plums, tell me when your birthday comes.
The CEO was angry with the Manager. She laid himout in lavender. The lavender flower is well-known for its aroma. Atfunerals, this flower was placed close to the coffin in order tohide the smell of the body. In the past, in order to transfer thewonderful smell of the flower onto their clothes, ladi…es would beattheir freshly washed laundry with the branches of the plant. Theoriginal meaning of 'lay someone out in lavender' was to beat aperson till he became unconscious. With the passage of time, thebeating became more verbal than physical. (MORE)
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.
It originates from Ireland, and is generally used by Irish immigrants. I've often caught my English teacher, who was born in Ireland, saying "Thank you kindly", which gives away her Irish heritage. (Though her lilting accent is blatantly obvious, not to mention she listed her hobbies as "Irish danc…ing and stealing gold from leprechauns"...) (MORE)
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…). (MORE)
down by the river by the hanky panky were the bull frogs jump from bank to banky saying e i o u your mama stinks and so do you so ping pong donkey kong went to school with nothing on asked the teacher what to wear polka dotted underwear not to big not to small just the size of broward mall resess pe…ices buttercup now were talking 7 up 7up is out of sight now were talking dinamite dinamite spells o-u-t out Here's what i learned: down by the river by hanky panky were the bullfrogs jump from bank to Banky saying e i o u your mama stinks and so do you so ping pong ding dong you daddy smell king Kong on your feet on your toes your brother wheres pink panty hoes coca cola mix it up now we talking 7up 7up has no caffeine now we talking Billie jean Billie jean is out sight now we talking dynamite dynamite blows up the school now we talking really cool 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 that's not lets do it again 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (MORE)
down by the banks of the hanky panky where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky saying hips hops over the top and lands on the lily pad with a kerrr-plop!
According to WikiAnswers, Ranga is a slang word used by teenage kids. It refers to a person with red hair, and it comes from the word Orangutan.
The crews of early sailing ship slept in hammocks. If the crew was needed to climb the masts, and adjust sails, they were ordered to "turn to". Turning in a hammock dumps you out- it meant get up, and get to work.
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.
Comes from the NBA Basketball player Manute Bol. During his practices with the Golden State Warriors Manute Bol would say "My Bad" when he made an error.
Its origins have been traced back to as early as 1393. It means to make do with what one has. This phrase was adopted by the wrestling world two or three hundred years ago (Lancashire wrestling) to distinguish free-style wrestling from Greco-Roman wrestling (which doesn't allow certain holds).
Before clothes drying machines were invented, wet clothes were hung out to dry on a clothesline.
Down by the banks of the hanky panky, where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky, singing oops, awps, hippity hops, went to the middle and went ker- PLOPS
The website for Hanky Panky Underwear is very well written. It contains a lot a factual information about the brand as well as the products it offers. Purchases made online are secure.
Down by the bank of the hanky pank were the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank i say e-i-o-u your momma smells and so do you so bing bong ding dong your daddy smells like king kong tell your teacher what to wear polka dotted underwear not to big not to small just the size of city hall black coffee no …caffeine now were talking billy jean, billy jean is out of sight now were talking dynamite 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 O-U-T spells out your out (slap the person whose hand was touched last) (MORE)
"Yes you can buy hanky panky underwear online. If you go directly to the website you can order it from there. Also shopbop, which is a website, sells hanky panky underwear as well."
Surprisingly the brand Hanky Panky does sell underwear that is scented. The scented underwear does in fact come in a wide range variety of different scents!
Hanky Panky offers many colors of underwear. These include red, orange, yellow, light green, light blue, dark blue, pink, purple, lilac, violet and dark green.
There are many places where one can purchase hankies. This includes large department stores, as well as some online retailers such as Amazon. Auction sites such as eBay are also useful.
Hanky Panky - 1982 is rated/received certificates of: Australia:PG Canada:14A (Ontario) Finland:K-16 Iceland:L Norway:16 Sweden:15 UK:15 USA:PG West Germany:12
Ed Edd 'n' Eddy - 1999 Ed Edd n Eddy's Hanky Panky Hullabaloo was released on: USA: 11 February 2005
What are the release dates for Judge David Young - 2007 Out on the Porch Hanky-Panky at the Pawn Shop 1-34?
Judge David Young - 2007 Out on the Porch Hanky-Panky at the Pawn Shop 1-34 was released on: USA: 10 October 2007
Nashville - 2012 Hanky Panky Woman 2-8 was released on: USA: 20 November 2013 Netherlands: 1 January 2014 (internet)