Word and Phrase Origins

Parent Category: English Language
Includes questions related to the origins and etymology of English words and phrases.
Maybe someone is really pretty and then one day you realise howugly they are skin deep. Beauty is skin deep means that if you'repretty inside then you're pretty .
This is a Middle English word, and derives from an imitation of thecat itself.
tis - it is ope o'er gi' ne'er ello - hello u smel - smell ha he
Those who uttered this phrase wanted to be represented inparliament so that they could have a say in their taxation ratherthan no one speaking for them
well, i'm not sure i can help you with that, but i do know that theword "butt" originated in Asia/Australia, meaning your "behind"
"First Nations" is a term used in Canada to refer to the remainingnative populations, those called "Native Americans" in the US. Theywere actually also the first people to come and settle here. "firstNations" The term "First Nations" is used because these people are nowtreated as members of ...
That it doesnt mean anything if you dont make them say anything but people usually say "it doesn't mean a thing"
Origin: alteration of settle. First use: 1716
It was a custom to plant daisies over the grave of a loved one.
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The English term Guinea comes directly from the Portuguese wordGuiné, which emerged in the mid-15th century to refer to the landsinhabited by the Guineus, a generic term for the black Africanpeoples south of the Senegal River (as opposed to the 'tawny'Zenaga Berbers, north of it, whom they called...
Etymologically, glove is derived from the Old English word - 'glof' - meaning a covering of the hand.
The phrase "The Real McCoy" refers to "the real thing" or "thegenuine article"
I've been looking into this, and as far as I can tell, it entered common use through a comic in the 50's, though I haven't found which one. Recently, though, I've been reading a book called Mao , in which there is some discussion about a spy who played a critical role in the Battle of Shanghai in...
The English word "word" was first used before 900 AD, and is associated with many words of similar meanings in surrounding languages: the Dutch woord , German Wort , Old Norse orth , and Gothic waurd .
Several hundred years ago the letter u did look like the letter v. It was traditional to use the older letter styles on courthouses, city halls, state capitols. We use modern lettering now and do not put the older letters on the modern, newer government buildings. The V is much easier to cut into...
Etymologically, silver is derived from the Indo-European language from the root word - "ARG" - meaning white/to shine.
The word "studio" comes from Latin. It is related to the words'study' and 'student'.
Some one who "knows it all" without much experience. Answer: The "Prima Donna" (First Lady) is the chief female, and usually most talented, singer in an opera. Talented folk are often accused of putting on airs and being demanding so the term has come to mean a demanding and often conceited...
Like many chiefly British words, 'loo' came from the French. Back in the days before modern plumbing, French commoners would empty their chamberpots directly onto the streets. A common courtesy was to yell, "Gardez l'eau!" (pronounced "Gar-day low", means "Watch out for the water!") to make sure no...
They are just odd words in the English language that don't apply tosome of the rules.
Southern England was occupied by saxon tribes and divided into Wessex (West Saxons), Sussex (South Saxons), Essex (East Saxons) and Middlesex (the central Saxons).
Japanese teapots are kept warm with small candles underneath them - hence tea light. Google image search for 'teapot warmer' to see a picture.
Saxatile is a Latin word meaning, literally, 'growing or living among rocks'
knowledge of insignificant importance.
Homines in domibus vitreis habitantes lapidos jacere non debent.
Belive me you don't want to find out bro.
in Hebrew it is chochma (you pronounch the ch like there's a popcorn stuck in your throat.) it is spelt חוחמה French : Connaissance [konaysans] or Savoir [savoar]
To be in debt or bankrupt
The expression comes from the Bible. It occurs in Matthew 5:13 and is part of the Sermon on the Mount: " You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. " Accounts in...
There are three syllables in the word origin . The syllabledivisions are or-i-gin, and the accent is on the first syllable.
what is the origin of the word nincompoop or ninkumpoop
Many languages have expressions similar to the maxim "Actions speak louder than words." ONE of the earliest records of this exact phrase, in English, is: . "Actions speak louder than Words, and are more to be regarded." -1736 Melancholy State of Province in A. M. Davis Colonial Currency ...
Alcohol is a substance found in alcoholic drinks, while liquor is a name for these drinks. So for example one might say "I'm drinking liquor, which contains alcohol." Liquor is a beverage that contains alcohol. Not all alcoholic beverages are liquors though, beer, wine, malt beverages all contain...
adjertival and verbial
Alpha and beta the first 2 letters of the greek alphabet.
Patio is a Spanish, not an Italian, word. The masculine singular noun translates as "courtyard" in English through its Latin origins either as the noun pactum ("agreement," "bargain," "pact") or the verb patere ("to lie open"). The pronunciation will be "PA-tyo" in Spanish.
Do you really mean "toronoto", or do you mean Toronto? Because so far, I can't find the word "toronoto" anywhere except as a typo for Toronto. Thanks, cordwainer
Yes I believe so. Physics comes from the greek word "φύση" which means Nature and "φυσικός" (physikos) means natural or environmental (also in modern greek its work for a physist. Aristotle established the word's modern scientific meaning.
All parts of it come from Greek. auto - derived from Late Greek word autosbiography - derived from Late Greek word biographia
I'm sure it comes from Populace or the population, meaning from or of the people. If most of the people like something, than it is popular. That may not be the technical or dictionary description, but it's the general idea.
The root word of abrasion is abrade.
the rebellion ended but The fire still burns. King won the fight,but The fire still burns.
it came from a greek word that means i hate you
I cannot give the percentage but it is why children have trouble learning to read and spell. We teach all the English rules and we SHOULD teach the French rules along with the English. The reason is for 300 years the English were forced to speak French when the where successfully invaded by the...
well the so and so phrase comes from Italy from people that are pissed off at someone else........... in Italy, criminals use the phrase so and so to get their head chopped off above a pirate ship. but before they used so and so the phrase, they used to use the phrase im an idiot in Greece to get...
comes from "Richard." "Richard" means en español
The base root word of transformation is the verb "form". It is not "transform" as trans is a prefix.
A very wide, looping punch intended to throw as much bodyweight as possible behind a punch. Can cause a KO if it connects, but this depends on your own power, the ability of the man in front of you to take a punch, your accuracy (no use if you punch the cranium), and the structural integirty of the...
My dictionary says it comes from Latin: de - completely + relinquere - to abandon.
what the *beep* i cant find what the stupid Greek origins to the word phonics because wiki answers has no answers!!! When you write in this part, it goes to the 'already answered" bucket, so your'e lucky we caught this one on the bounce. The Greek root is "Phon", which means "sound". The term...
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 Page.
In the old 8mm stag movies the moment of male organism was represented by the man's socks flying off.
It means that the user who is VIP is more than likely a respected member of the torrenting community who uploads a lot of good and popular torrents that lots of people are happy with. I would say it means they're less likely to upload fake torrents.
It comes from a French word of the same spelling meaning 'food that restores'. Used in 1765 by Boulonger
The name Punxsutawney derives from a Delaware Indian term which translates to "town of sandflies "
it means you can hear very good
It is incorrect because of redundancy. It is correct to use the words separately like "Please be assured..." or "Rest assured that..."
Shanks' pony means one's legs, used as a means of transport. Shanks' (or shanks's) mare (or nag or pony) derives from the name of the lower part of the leg between the knee and ankle - the shank, nowadays more often known as the shin-bone or tibia. This was alluded to in the early form of this...
He is the epitome of goodness
Front and center? Well i think it means either to get ready, to be ready. Or stand before me.
Someone who has no pity or mercy and is usually cocky. Thinking he or her are unstoppable and invincible.
The origins of the phrase 'grinning like a Cheshire cat' are unknown, but there are several theories. According to Martin Gardner, in his Annotated Alice, the two leading theories are that a sign painter in Cheshire painted grinning lions on the sign boards of local inns and that Cheshire cheeses...
When hospital staff changed the sheets of patients (that would lie on sheets for several days) they used a technique that would keep the sheets tight and smooth under the patient, by folding the corners so they STAYED tucked in place. That fold became known as a "hospital corner".
I think you managed to extract only part of the complete phrase. I suspect there is another word: commerce. There are cases that involve interstate commerce. I found a Supreme Court case entitled: Corn Products Refining Co. v. Eddy, 249 U.S. 427 The second paragraph contains the phrase: ...
From the German word Thaler
Narrative poetry is poetry that tells a story
Prestige is a term pertaining to reputation or success, distinction and occasionally wealth, from a particular achievement or otherwise positive attribute. It often refers to a reputable person of high rank. It comes from the Latin word praestīgiae, meaning tricks. 'prestige' (an English word)...
The word should be verdigris. It is a green crystallized coating seen on copper, for example on building roofs or sculptures. The OED states its origin as being from Old French "vert de Grece" or green of Greece.
The root word of "windows" is "window." The word "windows" containsthe suffix "s" which is added to make the word a plural noun.
Be yourself. Be there or be square. Be careful. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Whatever will be will be. Let it be. Let me be. Be forewarned. to be or not to be Be prepared. I'll be back. You'll be sorry. Don't be late. Don't be...
in australia, the song hey true blue, john williamson is the artist
The word "with" is not a Latin word nor is it derived from a Latin word. The Latin word for "with" is cum.
The Navy began using it in WWII as an object detection system. It is an acronym for [RA]dio [D]etection [A]nd [R]anging
Krypton comes from the word kryptos, which is Greek for "hidden one".
\n. \nThere are many leaves on that tree.\n(pl. of leaf)subject\n. \nShe always leaves extra cookies out.\n(verb)\n. \n. \n. \nA spell was cast over the land.\nsubject\n. \nShe didn't spell November correctly.\nverb
Social interventionism is an action which involves the intervention of a government or an organization in social affairs. Such policies can include provision of charity or social welfare as a means to alleviate social and economic problems of people facing financial difficulties; provision of...
The word "cathedral" comes from a Latin word cathedra which means "chair or throne". The cathedral is the building which houses the chair or throne on which a bishop or other prelate in the Roman Catholic church presides. In Catholic teaching, a papal statement which is made " ex cathedra " or...
New words are constantly being allowed into common usage. Like, "I can't believe the nerdiosity of this question!". :)
Yes, lots of nerds live in Nerdiocity. It's just across the river from Nerdioville.
The word Gattaca derived from the 4 DNA nitrogen bases: G(Guanine) A(Andenine) T(Thymine) and C(Cytosine)
A common misconception is that the phrase comes from pub drinkers having a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their mugs, and that people blew on this whistle to get service from the barman. Unfortunately, as convenient as it sounds, this isn't the case. The word "whistle" has been used to...
Contra = Latin for ' against' + Dicere = Latin for 'to speak' The word itself means "speak against" or "assert the contrary". Information obtained from the related link listed below: