What is the origin of the expression Don't yank my chain?
According to "How the States Got Their Shapes" on the History Channel, that this phrase comes from old miners who would carry a length of chain with them for a very specific purpose. The bathroom that was used in the lower levels of the mine was actually on wheels on a track so it (along with all the waste) could be moved out of the mine when it was full. It was a common practical joke to unlock the break and push the "honey wagon" down the track while someone was sitting on it. So, miners carried a length of chain to lay in front of one of the wheels to act as a brake in case someone decided to pull this prank. Hence the phrase, "Don't yank my chain?". Especially when I'm pooping.
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The origin of the expression "the Bee's Knees" appears to have been in America in the 1920s. It means something along the lines of "the height of excellence."
Answer . World War 2 expression for United State military, to grab something and jerk it sharply
It came from the actor erol flynn...he was a Hollywood playboy in his time. He was smooth and suave so if you made a good impression on a girl you were probably going to to be "in like flynn".
Answer . Plain Jane "unattractive woman" first attested 1912. Plain-spoken first attested 1678. Plain clothes "ordinary dress" (as opposed to military uniform) is from 1822; of police detectives, it is attested from 1842. Plain-song (1513) translates L. cantus planus. . Another possible …origin is from the novel Jane Eyre , published in 1847. Where the protagonist, Jane, is constantly referred in the story as "plain"; a first in the genre. ( Full Answer )
An American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War) or to Pull, or move with a sudden movement
In olden times, How do you do meant "How do you fare" or "How's it going." Over time it has become a stock greeting when first introduced to someone.
In the pre-18th century, bacon (smoked pork sides, backs, or bellies) was a very important food item as it did not require much care in order to keep fresh and provided important nourishment to all ages. Due to its importance, in any event of catastrophe, pillage, or flight, the bacon was "saved" at… all costs by a family. Similarly, a well-earning household could afford to have more of this important food category. This was the origin for the term "bring home the bacon". ( Full Answer )
Before we were bombarded with the Television reality series, "Big Brother" described any overly-inquisitive or overly-controlling authority figure, or attempts by government to increase surveillance. So where did the term originate?. "Big Brother" is a fictional character in George Orwell's novel "…Nineteen Eighty-Four" (penned in 1948). Big Brother is the enigmatic dictator of Oceania, a totalitarian state taken to its utmost logical consequence. In the society described by Orwell, everybody is under total surveillance by the authorities via telescreens (combined camera/screens) and spies. The people are constantly reminded of this by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you", which is the core "truth" of the propaganda system in this state. The physical description of "Big Brother" is reminiscent of Joseph Stalin or Lord Kitchener. In Orwell's novel, it is not clear if he actually exists as a person, or is an image crafted by the state - a personification of the totalitarian Party ruling Oceania. It is stated in the book that "nobody has ever seen Big Brother. He is a face on the hoardings, a voice on the telescreenâ¦ Big Brother is the guise in which the Party chooses to exhibit itself to the world. His function is to act as a focusing point for love, fear, and reverence, emotions which are more easily felt towards an individual than towards an organization." In the essay section of his novel 1985, Anthony Burgess states that Orwell got the idea for Big Brother from advertising hoardings current during World War II for educational correspondence courses run by a company called Bennett's. The original posters are claimed to have shown Bennett himself - a kindly looking old man offering guidance and support to would-be students, with the slogan: "Let me be your father." When Bennett died, his company was inherited by his son, whose rather aggressive-looking face appeared on the posters instead, accompanied by the unappealing slogan: "Let me be your big brother." The ideological basis for Big Brother likely comes from Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace, particularly the discussion of the science of history in part two of that book's epilogue. Napoleon Bonaparte and various other military and political figures traditionally revered as geniuses, are presented in the theory of history Tolstoy opposes as the cause of the movement of humanity and nations. Orwell appears to call upon this previous work by his invention of just such a patriarchal figure. The historical background during which Orwell wrote his work included several national leaders who had held considerable power, including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, German chancellor Adolf Hitler, and Soviet premier Joseph Stalin. Stalin, among other leaders, is often cited to have developed a cult of personality around himself. Additionally, Big Brother's omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, and non-verifiable nature (as well as his demand for absolute obedience) have led some to suggest that Big Brother may have been a parody of God. ( Full Answer )
during WW2 there were several areas of military operations. European theather of operations and Pacific theater of operations were the two main areas of operations........
The origin of pooped, meaning very tired, is unknown. It may be onomatopoetic, recalling the sound of an exhausted sigh. Or it may come from the nautical usage, where to be pooped means to have waves breaking over the poop, or stern-end of your boat, which is an exhausting experience for the crew.
Two major hotel chains originated in India. Taj Resorts and Places,based in Mumbai. which converts old palaces into luxury hotels. TheOberoi group is based in Delhi and owns over 30 hotels.
"It never did."- This answer is not correct the Statue of Liberty's original design showed her in chains. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from The French in 1886. It is not by coincidence that this was the same time as the end of the Civil War. There can be no doubt that THE CHAINS REPRESENTED THE …FREEDOM WON BY THE SLAVES OF AMERICA. The American "authorities" did not want the chains on the statue and the designer (FrÃ©dÃ©ric Auguste Bartholdi) fought hard for the chains to remain. He won, though obscured, a careful examination of the feet show there are chains.. From: TheKid! ( Full Answer )
The origin of the expression "the natives are restless" goes backto the 1933 film Island of Lost Souls. The saying is offered by Dr.Moreau when his human and beast creatures become agitated.
Answer . From the 1967 film of the same name. The eponymous hero, played by James Coburn, is a fearless government agent, a super-spy, an American James Bond.. Answer . This phrase is commonly said to be a reference to Errol Flynn, the Australian film actor. Flynn was famous for his romanti…c swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and for his flamboyant private life. His reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising ladies' man was apparently well justified, although it has doubtless been enhanced by his delight in playing up to his image. For instance, he entitled his autobiography - My Wicked, Wicked Ways and also did nothing to dispel the incredible but nonetheless widespread rumours as to the the size of his penis and the number of women who had shared his bed. Flynn was acquitted in February 1943 for the statutory rape of a teenage girl. The word in had been used with regard to success, good fortune or sexual conquest for some years prior to the 1940s. For example: John Mills' Life Race-Horse, 1854: "The handicapper ... considerately classed me among the middle ones, and awarded 6 st. 12 lb. as my burthen. 'He's vell in,' said my owner, 'very vell in.'" Alfred Mason's Clementina, 1901: "His luck for the moment was altogether in." E. Wilson's Twenties, 1923: "Well, did Mr. Wilson get it in tonight?" All of the above might lead us to believe that origin of the phrase 'in like Flynn' is clear. As so often though, things aren't quite as tidy as they might first seem. The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in a December 1946 edition of American Speech: "In like Flynn, everything is O.K. In other words, the pilot is having no more trouble than Errol Flynn has in his cinematic feats." That doesn't have the sexual connotations that the phrase acquired later. There's also an earlier, albeit oblique, reference from 1942 - in The San Francisco Examiner (Sports section): "Answer these questions correctly and your name is Flynn, meaning you're in, provided you have two left feet and the written consent of your parents." Errol Flynn's particular notoriety as someone especially likely to be 'in' in a sexual sense came about after his trial in 1943, although he was already known as a screen romantic lead. If the phrase does derive from his name then it appears to have been coined in regard to his all-round flamboyance and fame - which were both considerable by 1942 - rather than specifically his sexual success. Another possible figure who could plausibly have been the source of the phrase is the political organizer Edward J. Flynn. He was a campaign manager for the Democratic party during the 1930s and 40s and was well-known to be highly effective at arranging political successes. Such machiavellian organizers were known as bosses. Flynn, with some irony, called his autobiography 'You're the Boss', in a reference to the American voting public. Edward J. Flynn had not been associated with the phrase 'in like Flynn' prior to the efforts by etymologists to explain it though and no records from the 1940s make any such link. It seems very much more likely that Errol Flynn is the Flynn in question and, although the phrase may have been used before he was at the peak of his celebrity, it became well-known by association with him. The 1967 James Coburn starred in the film, In Like Flint. This was a sequel to the 1966 Our Man Flint and presumably the screenwriters, on the lookout for another 'Flint' phrase, opted for a play on 'In like Flynn'. There's now some confusion between the two phrases and some use 'In like Flint' as if it were synonymous with 'In like Flynn'. Source: Phrases.org.uk ( Full Answer )
It sounds like it might have originated in Boxing when a fighter who is getting badly beaten gains a respite when the bell for the end of the round rings. I am actually thinking that it came from the plague days, some people were not dead, but they buried them anyway, if they came out of their c…ommas a string was tied around their fingers if they woke up they would thug on the string and ring the bell, that is also where graveyard shift came from, cause someone had to be there to hear the bell... ( Full Answer )
This is a European millers' guild expression to remind the miller that he must maintain a flow a grain between the mill stones, which were traditionally set one above the other. Without any grain between them, the weight of the top stone would strike sparks on the bed stone, and the smell, know as "…brimstone" was a warning, that if not heeded, would likely result in an explosion that would kill the miller. Thus, to keep your nose to the grindstone meant to pay close attention, not to work hard, but diligently, and had nothing to do with sharpening tools on the other type of grindstone. ( Full Answer )
" A horse a piece" is from the Milwaukee area where bar dice are a common game played in local taverns. During certain times of the game a player who loses has "a horse on him". If all players end up with a horse on him, it is said "A horse a piece". This is also a very common phrase in these parts …meaning equal to or takes the place of "it doesn't matter". ( Full Answer )
This phrase dates from the 1800's. "To kill" refers to the idea of a large degree or a large amount, as in the amount of something it would take to kill you. Dressed FIT TO kill means that you're so well dressed it's going to kill whoever looks at you.
the song you are probably thinking of is called mr. big stuff. it was originally sung by jean knight. Madonna had a song called express yourself, if that's what you're looking for.
If you google for Coxey's Army, wiki has a page on it. Coxey's name seems to be spelled differently by different sources. It was a small protest of unemployed men in 1894 in the midst of what was then the worst recession in the history of the US. Estimates of participation vary from 500 to thousa…nds. Coxey was the leader, and was arrested and jailed for trespassing on the capitol grass. It was actually a sort of ragtag group, and so Coxie's Army probably tends to refer to an angry poorly organized grassroots protest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxey%27s_Army ( Full Answer )
Back when overhead toilet reservoirs were in use, a person finishing his 'business' would have to close the lid before pulling the chain that opened the reservoir to flush. Because they were overhead, the force of the water would cause the water in the toilet bowl to splash out of the bowl. It was c…onsidered great fun to "yank another person's chain" in a public or school restroom because it usually elicited a howl of surprise and discomfort from the next stall. ( Full Answer )
It probably comes from rock and roll. When someone is really good in this genre of music, "he rocks." This is now used to describe anyone who is awesome.
In the early 19th. Century, the development of mass production guaranteed a uniformly high quality and finish of consumer products. Formerly hand-made and thus frequently irregular, now, pins were consistently well made and finished.
In the days when brine was added to barrels of meat, it had ahardending effect on the fat. It was still edible, but it tookconsiderable chewing. So, to "chew the fat" has come to mean totalk endlessly.
Jehoshaphat (alternately spelled Jehosaphat , Josaphat , or Yehoshafat ; Hebrew: ×Ö°××Ö¹×©Ö¸××¤Ö¸×, Modern Yehoshafat Tiberian YÉhÃ´Å¡ÄpÌÄá¹ ; " Jehovah has judged"; Greek: ÎÏÏÎ±ÏÎ±Ï; Latin: Josaphat ) was the fourth king o…f the Kingdom of Judah, and successor of his father Asa. His children included Jehoram, who succeeded him as king. His mother was Azubah. Historically, his name has sometimes been connected with the Valley of Jehosaphat, where, according to Joel 3:2, the God of Israel will gather all nations for judgment. The king's name in the oath jumping Jehosaphat was likely popularized by the name's utility as a euphemism for Jesus and Jehovah. The phrase is first recorded in the 1866 novel The Headless Horseman by Thomas Mayne Reid. ( Full Answer )
Galley slaves were literally chained to the oars and remained there until they died or finished their sentence if a criminal.
To 'go south', as to "vanish, abscond," is 1920s American English, it is the notion of disappearing south to Mexico or Texas to escape pursuit or responsibility, reinforced by Native American belief (attested in colonial writing mid-18c.) that the soul journeys south after death. That a situation is… 'going south' means to err, fail or become untenable or impractical, or as descriptor, also mid-18c. ( Full Answer )
In the old gold mining days, when the miners had to use the restroom, they did so on top of a wooden box with a large hole on the top upon where they would sit. The wooden box was built on a mining cart. Sometimes the mines were very dark and as a joke while someone was using the restroom, another m…iner would sneak up on that person and push the mining cart to send it sailing on the track down further in the mine! To stop or hinder this, the miner using the restroom would put a chain across the track to use as a stop for the mining cart when someone would try to push it. Sometimes the pusher would search for the chain to remove it, and so the other miner would holler, "Don't pull my chain!", hence the saying was born. I heard this on a documentary about the U.S. states being formed on the history channel. ( Full Answer )
Because it sounds like a dog being forced into a blender by a deaf man.
In a green plant . There are photosynthetic organisms beside plants(Cyanobacteria, etc.). The energy for photosynthesis comes from the Sun. There are also organisms that can get energy from chemicals. Such as chemicals released from hydrothermal vents . That energy may have ultimately came from ot…her stars that exploded long ago(elements made in the core of those stars that is now generating heat in the Earth via nuclear decay). So for life as we know it all food starts with energy directly or indirectly from stars. That energy came from nuclear fusion of light elements. Those light elements came from the Big Bang. ( Full Answer )
This saying originated deep within mines. Carts were secured to the track by a link of chain. When this chain was removed, the cart could be moved or in many instances, it would move by itself due to load factors or an uneven grade. To "yank my chain" was created when this chain was removed prematur…ely and the contents of the cart, either desirable or not would be sent on it's merry way. ( Full Answer )
its only people from New York area that are called yanks,its come from people who settled there from holland when New York was first know as new holland.where a lot of the population were called Jan or pronounced yan.so they were called the janks or yanks as its known today,much like we refer to the… Irish as paddys or micks. ( Full Answer )
The Pony Express began on April 3, 1860 from St. Joe, MO, and shut down just 18 months later. It consisted of a string of some 190 relay or stock stations between St. Joe, Missouri, and California. 80 young men, many orphans, and 500 horses made up the Pony Express. The Express made 308 transcontine…ntal runs covering 606,000 miles and carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail. In its 18 months of existence, only one mail pouch was lost!! ( Full Answer )
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase "to turn the tables" means to switch the players' positions in a game of backgammon, which is where the expression originated from. Each table belongs to a specific player and turning the board would turn the tables, altering the position of the… players. ( Full Answer )
The correct term is actually "Yankee" and while the above is one very biased view of what some believe is a negative term, here is a little information about the term. According to Wikipedia, "Word History: The origin of Yankee has been the subject of much debate, but the most likely source is th…e Dutch name Janke, meaning "little Jan" or "little John," a nickname that dates back to the 1680s. Perhaps because it was used as the name of pirates, the name Yankee came to be used as a term of contempt. It was used this way in the 1750s by General James Wolfe, the British general who secured British domination of North America by defeating the French at Quebec. The name may have been applied to New Englanders as an extension of an original use referring to Dutch settlers living along the Hudson River. Whatever the reason, Yankee is first recorded in 1765 as a name for an inhabitant of New England. The first recorded use of the term by the British to refer to Americans in general appears in the 1780s, in a letter by Lord Horatio Nelson, no less. Around the same time it began to be abbreviated to Yank. During the American Revolution, American soldiers adopted this term of derision as a term of national pride. The derisive use nonetheless remained alive and even intensified in the South during the Civil War, when it referred not to all Americans but to those loyal to the Union. Now the term carries less emotion--except of course for baseball fans." To become a "Yankee" is basically to be anyone that lives in North America, Canada included. While it is occasionally used as a derrogatory term to most North Americans it is not derrogatory at all. They are a proud people, with alot of national pride. They enjoy their sports, just like any other country in the world and are one of the few people who have turned a negative, derrogatory term into something good. If only all could do this what a world we would have. ( Full Answer )
Well, it came into focus in Elizebethan time. The chane of being decides what you will be and how you will be treated before you are even born!
During world war 2 the airman shot down, would be reffered to as gone for a Burton meaning they had gone for a beer as a large brewery is located in Burton on Trent in the UK.
The expression "plus one" simply means to add 1 to whatever it is applied to. If you are referring to the "+1" sometimes found in comments on forum posts and the like, it is a reference to buttons labelled with "+1" or similar text, used to vote for the post or indicate a positive opinion of the …post. Addendum: It's also possible that this question refers to the phrase as used on invitations - where the invitation is for the recipient and their guest. It can be used when you wish to invite someone to a function and aren't sure of who they're currently seeing... ( Full Answer )
In older times, the refining of salt from sea brine was poorly controlled. Hence, in the Bible "the salt has lost its savour". Seawater contains many salts, carbonates as well as chlorides, and many metal bases other than sodium, so it is necessary to partly evaporate the salt water, then decant off… the liquid, and proceed with the remaining wet solid. Additionally, if the 'refined' salt were stored outside, then rain could remove the highly soluble NaCl and leave some of the (say) MgCO3 behind. So, as to the expression, the quality of the salt was a measure of its purity (/verity). ( Full Answer )
Well, first, I'd just say hi and become friends than, if you are old enough, maybe ask her out. But, dont do it immediatly. I can tell you from personal experience, it's REALLY weird if you do anything like that to a complete stranger.
Truck drivers would wear chain wallets hooked to their belt loops so that it couldn't be stolen.
A blind pig was a speakeasy in Prohibition era America. Basically, it was a place that illegally sold liquor. This name could stem from a practice of charging entrance fees to see something unusual, like a blind pig, and then serve a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus skirting the liquor laws …in place; however, there is some debate as to the validity of this term origin. ( Full Answer )
It comes form the musical expression "double time" - meaning using note values twice as fast as previously. This was picked up by military marching bands to make troups march to a faster beat......on the double, quick march. The meaning has stretch to also cover = rapidly or immediately
it derives from a 15th Century word 'Kilter or Kelter' meaning 'good condition' Further to that origin unknown. Off kilter thus meaning not functioning properly.
There is no particular mythology about infernal bells; the terms hell's bells was introduced merely because it sounded like a nice rhyme.
The IGA supermarket chain began in Poughkeepsie, New York and Sharon, Connecticut. It is now based and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. This is a grouping of independent grocery stores.
The Thai Express restaurant chain started in Holland Village in Singapore in the year 2002. It was founded by Grace Goh-lee and Ivan-lee. It serves Thai cuisine in Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia and Australia.
Novotel is a popular brand of hotels located primarily in Europe. The first Novotel hotel opened in 1967. The Novotel hotel chain originated in France, where it is still headquartered today.
What are the release dates for Happy Tree Friends - 2006 Party Animal Ipso Fatso Don't Yank My Chain 1-2?
Happy Tree Friends - 2006 Party Animal Ipso Fatso Don't Yank My Chain 1-2 was released on: USA: 2 October 2006
The earliest evidence appeared in a 1945 article titled "Don'tConfuse Me With Facts!" by Roy S. Durstine in the periodicalAdvertising & Selling. Durstine was a prominent specialist inadvertising, and his article described a meeting between an adagency and a client:. A group from the agency had just… finished its presentation of amarket survey. The findings were conclusive-clearly showing thatthe policies being followed by the client could lead only todisappointment and perhaps disaster. Despite the facts given in thepresentation the client had no desire to change the strategy thathad been previously selected. . "I still think we'll go along as we have been doing." "But how can you say that in the face of this evidence?" protestedthe agency man. The client stared at the presentation, deep in thought. At last hereached for a cigarette and said softly: "Don't confuse me with facts!" . ( Full Answer )