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Where does the phrase 'swear like a trooper' come from?
In the Battle of the Sacramento in the Mexican War in February of 1847 the Mexican artillery used defective gunpowder. This caused their cannonballs to leave a blue streak beh…ind them. After the battle the U.S. soldiers used the expression to refer to something that was maximum intensity or very fast.
During times of high corn prices, bakers were suspected of cheating customers by putting less rolls or buns in a bag but charging for a full dozen. In order to stamp out this …practice, stiff penalties were passed on bakers shortchanging their customers. In order to avoid accidentally putting less bread in a bag and falling foul of this law, bakers took to sticking an extra bun in the bag so that even if they miscounted, they wouldn't be punished. So 'a baker's dozen' means thirteen!
The phrase "sweating like a pig" actually has nothing to do with the animal that you might find on a farm. Instead, it refers to iron "sows" and "piglets" made when smelti…ng pig iron. In traditional iron smelting, liquid iron is poured into a mold shaped like one long line with many smaller lines branching off of it at right angles. This looks similar to piglets feeding from their mother, so these pieces became known as pigs. After the pigs are poured into the sand, they cool, causing the surrounding air to reach its dew point and turn into moisture on the pigs, like they are sweating. When the pig is sweating, it's cool enough to be moved.
Beating a Red-Headed Step-Child Input from contributors: "Beating you like a red-headed stepchild" refers to a terrible beating. It is a variation of "beating you like a rente…d mule."Etymology (the origin of words and phrases) is notoriously hard to pin down. The etymology of this one obviously has something to do with child abuse. Some clues to the origin of its specifics:A stepchild is often presumed to be less favored than biological children. If a parent was abusive, a stepchild might get the worst of it. (Similarly, a rented mule would be less valuable than one you own.)A child having red hair might be an indication that they have a different father, thereby reinforcing that they are a stepchild.Red hair is often associated with a fiery personality. (Similarly, a mule is considered an especially stubborn animal.) It could be linked to the Viking invasions experienced in Britain and Ireland in the 11th century. The Vikings came down from their area, pillaged and raped and left a few red-headed children. Being so obviously different from the rest of the children in the area, they were subject to discrimination by parents knowing their origin was from an invading source. I can imagine that these children would have suffered the wrath of the local population who could obviously identify them as products of the Vikings violent influence on their culture. They were an easy target to vent the frustration of this phenomenon of force. I believe that it can definitely be attributed to the Viking era, a European experience of not fitting in.It is a slang insult born of violence that has become a catch phrase. It means "to beat you extremely", assuming that in anger or frustration you would beat a redheaded stepchild more than any other child because she/he is less desirable - both for being a stepchild and for being redheaded. In the poorer classes one might beat a stepchild more than their own because they care less for them than their own child. The redheaded part may be a reference to the hotheadedness that redheads are supposed to be prone to, which would incite the beating all the more. It is probably anonymous, coming from less educated people who use and make up their own slang frequently.It may have arisen from the feudal/medieval practice known as jus primae noctis. This was an ancient privilege of the lord of the manor to share the wedding bed with his peasants' brides. This right was depicted in the film Braveheart. The English declare they will "breed out" the Scots by introducing the ancient English custom, giving noblemen the right to sleep with the bride on the night of a tenant's marriage. Jus primae noctis was also said to have been practiced in Ireland where it passed with title to the land as part of the land rights. A first-born child might have been assumed to be the offspring of the landlord, would be a de facto stepchild, and may have been treated differently from other offspring.I believe everyone is over thinking the question just a tad bit. The phrase beat you like a red headed stepchild came from the musical and show Annie. It was all about her getting beat with the brush by her step-mom. Let's try to keep it real everyone; and not try to show off intelligence. The origin of the phrase "red haired step child" dates to the 1830's & 40's when Irish emigrants began arriving in America. The newly arrived Irish were somewhere below free blacks on the social scale at the time, and lived in segregated communities. Then, like now, young men were having sexual relations with young women before marriage. Sometimes the men were Irish and the girls were not. This resulted in many out of wedlock children with that red Irish hair. When these young women did finally marry, usually to a young man not of Irish descent, the new husband was not particularly patient or sympathetic to the red haired step child and treated them harshly. The phrase is derogatory although many do not know its origin, it is still considered an insult to knowledgeable people of Irish descent, and should be avoided in polite conversation. My answer is to put in bold print the actual answer given amongst all the theories. It refers to someone having an unloved step-child who was clearly of Irish origin. So great was prejudice against the Irish that signs in front of restaurants, bars or hotels used to say, "No dogs or Irish".It is a wholly nasty term born in the American south, by slave owners, that speaks to abusive hatred aimed at Red Headed Male children. The English aren't the only ones who display a clear prejudice to "Gingers", in fact as a "Ginger" Male, I can tell you that I can spot a decent human being from an awful excuse for a human being, just based on the way they treat me, Having grown up in New York, far from England, almost 150 years and several hundred Miles removed from the despicable Old south. Sadly it will be the last prejudice that anyone ever addresses.Stepchildren were often mistreated, as opposed to the way biological children were treated. The red-headed stepchild is kind of like saying, "look at the milk man". In other words, a child in the family who may not belong to the Dad. In other words, a child with two strikes against him/her.I think all the explanations above are written by people trying to avoid the unpleasant and far more basic meaning: A step child would get beaten more than a biological child. As redheads are traditionally disliked and picked on, a redheaded stepchild would get an even worse beating! Nasty, simple, basic.One aspect of this idiom is the fact that some children are evidence of adultery or cuckoldry simply because of genetic markers that are commonly understood. An awful variation of this is the "ni**er in the woodpile" phrase, meaning that a child was the product of bi-racial parents, though the white mother is married to a white husband. The red-hair trait is recessive, so it is uncommon for a couple with darker hair to produce a red-haired child, just as it is unlikely for a light, European couple to produce a dark, African-featured child. The appearance of a genetically anomalous child to a genetically similar couple leads to doubts about the child's true parentage, and is a public shame to the husband. The idea of a child who seems to be a product of adultery would be a constant insult or shame to the husband in question, which could engender inappropriate anger in place of reasonable discipline. Therefore one would "beat his redheaded stepchild" more violently than other children. The term "Stepchild" may come from the husband knowing that the child is not his, a defacto "Stepchild", or it may come from the fact that a child is an actual stepchild, from a father from a different genetic background. Where a genetically similar child might be taken as a son, a genetically dissimilar one is a shame to the husband.
Well, that seems to depend on the industry. Certainly in movies 'in the can' indicates that footage has been shot - or the movie finished. The reels were placed in a tin or 'c…an'. So it seems that when something is done/finished it is 'in the can'. this is the only explanation I have for the phrase.
The phrase "what the dickens" was coined by William Shakespeare and originated in The Merry Wives Of Windsor Act 3, scene 2, 18--23, it was an oath to the devil said by Mrs Pa…ge.
If you swear on something and you lie will the bad happen to you like if you swear on your parents but your really not telling the truth will your parents die from that swear?
No, your parents will not die. But I would not swear on anything, since the Bible says not to swear at all. Answer: Swearing as in swearing on the bible in court or swearing… on your parents is just an affirmation that you recognize the seriousness of the statement. Back in the day when our reputations meant something and business was done on a handshake, this was important. If you broke your word once it was likely that all the local area would no longer take your word. So in the past, swearing on something, such as your mother's grave, was an acknowledgement of intent and recognizing it was a serious matter.
Shanghai itself is a city in China. At one time, sailors were kidnapped & used as slave labor on ships bound for Shanghai.
" "How come?" is actually a very interesting phrase. It seems to have been an American invention of the 19th century, although similar forms date back several hundred years in… English. The first appearance of "how come" in print dates to 1848, but since that was in Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms and the phrase was described as being common at that time, it is almost certainly older. That was, after all, an age when slang and colloquial phrases were usually avoided, not memorialized, in print. The basic sense of the verb "come" is, of course, " to move towards, approach" or " to arrive." One of the specialized, and now archaic, meanings of "come" is " to happen," as in the phrase " to come to pass," reflecting the idea of a condition, time or event "arriving" (also found in such uses as "Come next summer, Dwayne Junior had better have a job"). "How" used as an adverb modifying a verb (such as "come"), means basically " by what means?" or "for what reason?" The final piece of the puzzle of "how come" is the fact that it is actually an abbreviation of a longer phrase, which, although not known with certainty, was probably "how comes it" or "how does it come", meaning "how did this (event, condition, etc.) happen to be this way." Finally, "How come?" is, as you note, essentially synonymous with "why?", but in popular usage it often serves a slightly different function. "How come?" carries a challenging, more emphatic tone than a simple "why?" would convey ("How come Jimmy never has to wash the dishes?"). Unlike "why," "how come" strongly suggests that the questioner has already developed an opinion on the situation and has decided that something is not proper or fair. "
In Muslim and cabalist tradition, the Seventh Heaven is the furthest of the concentric spheres containing the stars and comprising the dwelling place of God and the ange…ls.
It probably came about because when babies actually do sleep, they're very quiet. But if you think about it, what it really ought to mean is that you wake up every half-…hour and cry and want food. Which is probably why "sleeping like a log" is more popular.
It Is when someone uses bad language ALL THE TIME
I may be wrong but during WWII the government used to give out barbiturates to the soldiers so that they're respiratory and circulatory system would be less active and they wo…uldn't suffer from heat exhaustion. The pills were aptly nicknamed "goofballs" for the intoxicating effect they had on the soldiers. I do believe that is where the expression comes from, A person who you would call a goofball is someone who is acting silly as i they were under the influence.
"swear words" originally had a meaning that was not a swear but people have altered the meanings
Generally not amongst most people these days. Its just a standard expression of disbelief. The very religious can sometimes be a bit offended by it though.
There is no known origin for this phrase. Nine is an important number however, relating to the nine muses of arts and learning, to nine drawn from mythology, history and the B…ible. All this amounts to something of the highest standard and because of nine being the highest single number, it symbolizes the best. There could be a misunderstanding with the Old English word 'eyne' meaning eyes, but pronounced similar to 'nine'. So, 'dressed to the eyes' may have a better meaning.
I think 2014 that's what my friend told me but it is available from amazon but only Audio. Sorry if that doesn't help.