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Books and Literature
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What idioms are in the book nothing but the truth?

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How many items are in 'a baker's dozen'?

A baker's dozen contains 13 items. It originated as a practice among bakers in 13th century England, when strict laws could have lead to a baker getting his hand chopped off for trying to shortchange a customer. The term stems from the baker's tradition of adding one more to a dozen as lagniappe (a 'Cajun word meaning "a little extra").

During the reign of Henry III (r. 1216-1272), a law was passed called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to have shortchanged customers could be liable to severe punishment. To guard against the punishment of losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12, to be certain of not being known as a cheat.
A baker's dozen is thirteen.

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What is the Cassandra Effect?

The Cassandra Effect (or Syndrome or Metaphor) has its roots in Greek mythology. Cassandra was the daughter of the king of Troy, and the god Apollo gave her the ability of prophecy. She, however, angered the god, and he turned her gift into a curse—she could see the future, but no one would believe her. Subsequently, when she tried to warn the Trojans not to accept the mysterious giant horse left outside their gates, they didn't listen, which, of course, had disastrous consequences.

So Cassandra's myth is invoked in the present day whenever someone made a prediction that turned out to be correct, but no one believed them. It's also sometimes used in psychology to describe the feelings of people whose accounts of distressing events aren't believed.

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Famous Quotations

What is the meaning of the saying 'don't count your chickens before they are hatched'?

Don't assume that you will get something. Wait until you actually have it.

It means to not plan something out and act as if it is going to happen, as it might not go through or it might go wrong.

It's saying don't expect the ideal conditions for something to happen in the future; like if you have many eggs don't state they will all hatch because normally the ideal condition (all the eggs growing to healthy chickens) will not occur, and a dozen eggs could produce less than 12 chicks, etc.

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What does it mean to have an animal put down?

This is a socially acceptable euphemism for euthanizing, or humanely killing, an animal. It is perfomed by a veterinarian for medical reasons - terminally ill, uncontrollable pain, loss of quality of life, etc.

It means to humanely put them to sleep, when they reach the point where their quality of life has declined to "zero" or very near that. It is considered an act of loving mercy in the case of pets.


It's an euphemism for sacrificing an animal (as 'put to sleep' is).


It involves injecting them with a high dose of ketamine.

It means to euthanize the animal. Which is a humane method of ending an animal's life. Euthanasia means good death and a good death would occur with minimal or no pain and distress to the animal. The main and humane reasons why animals are put down are of painful old age; worsening or untreatable sickness; and painful, incurable, or expensive diseases or disorders.

To put the animal into a forever sleep by using an injection of an overdose of sedation. A Veterinarian will "put" a dog down if he or she is sick and there is no chance of it healing. Or a dog may be put down due to bad temperament, etc. In other words, to "Put down" a dog means ending its life.

to kill it. most of the time because its either terminally ill or dangerous

Entertainment & Arts
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What does christ on a cracker mean?

An English idiom that represents surprise.

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What does the term Rabbit Hole mean?

"Down the Rabbit Hole" means going on an unknown adventure.

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Song Meanings

What does phrase dusted and disgusted mean?

Dusted and Disgusted is a song, well, a rap song, from E-40 featuring Tupac Shakur. Dusted and disgusted tells a story of how women can't be trusted and how disgusted the singer is with them and how he dusts those that cross him. To dust someone is to kill them. So, it's not an idiom, per se, but a song lyric.

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What is the meaning of piece mill?

It's piecemeal - to do a job in small steps or pieces instead of all at once.

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Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

What is the prefix of potent?

omni im

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Acronyms & Abbreviations

What does FOB loyalty stand for?

Foward Operating Base Loyalty - an operating base on the east side of Baghdad in 9-Nissan, South of Sadr City

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Where does the expression get off the stick and get it done come from?

Could mean . stop resting on the shovel handle or spear and get to work.

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Internet Slang

Is bbs text slang for babes?

No, it actually means 'Be Back Soon' ie.

User1: g2g bbs asap (Got to go be back soon, as soon as possibe)

User2: kk ttyl (okay talk to you later)

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Rock Music
Jazz Music

Who sings some things will never change?

The line shows up in the song "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

Literature and Language
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What does You'll end up in smoke mean?

this is an idiom , literally a warning about something that you are perhaps perusing or on it already and you are told that you'll end up in trouble, see this one '' where there's smoke there must be fire '' try givin me your opinion on it ?

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Word Games

What are common phrases using the word page?

"Class, turn to page <number here> in your textbook."

New Testament
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Why is old age called second childhood?

Old age is called "second childhood" because as we age our bodies tend to shut down and not function as they once did. When we are babies we need to be fed, dress, bathed and taken care of in every form and fashion. When we are elderly we have the same type of need for a caregiver. We often end up wearing (adult) diapers, and sometimes dont have teeth (like a baby). We have accidents and sometimes have trouble communicating and sometimes even have to be wheeled around in a wheel chair (like a baby in a carriage). So if u look, there really are alot of parallels between our first childhood and our "second childhood."

Hobbies & Collectibles
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What is the meaning of Spring has sprung?

It basically means that spring has begun

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What is the meaning of 'head over heels'?

Usually the phrase "head over heels" is used to express the thought of someone having fallen deeply in love, sometimes quickly. Sometimes it is used about other things that a person is extremely enthusiastic about.

Heels-over-head, the original term, means falling in love or being so in love you do cartwheels etc....putting your heels over your head
Head over heals means that you are so in love that you feel like turning a cartwheel (with first your head and then your heels being on top).

Literature and Language
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What is the meaning of you love to hog on?

Hog is defined as a selfish or very dirty person, or is slang for a large motorcycle. An example of a hog is someone eating the last of the food, their third helping, before others have had a chance to have any of the food. An example of a hog is a Harley-Davidson.

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Famous Quotations

What does a watched kettle or pot never do?

Boil, or so it seems.


Yes, that's true. As a saying it means time passes more slowly if you just passively wait for something to happen. If you are active and involved,

time will fly.

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Job Training and Career Qualifications

Is geography jack of all trades and master of none?

Yes - just look a the University courses they teach, even at top ones like Exeter Uni. Historical geography, biological geography, ethnic geography - even the simple language and knowledge they use in lectures is shocking. In a recent 3rd year module 'Gender and Geography' at Exeter, in the 3rd lecture the following quote was given in trying help the students understand identity:

"Identity is our understanding of who we are and of who other people are, and, reciprocally, other people‟s understanding of themselves and of others (which includes us)" - Jenkins, 2004 P.5.

Without studying either gender or geography, I think we all knew that really, if we thought really, really hard.

Again, in a 3rd year module named 'Postcolonial geography' the lecture analyses the role of Chicken Tikka in British culture:

"Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Massala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy"

You see the level of depth they go into here.

So yes, a BA geography degree is a waste of time, and is certainly a 'jack of all trades, master of none'. It hardly seems a step up from GCSE level in all honesty. But hey, now we all know that Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish!!

English Language
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What is the meaning of country brute?

The literal meaning of country brute is "a beast found in rural or wilderness areas," such as a cow or a wolf. Figuratively, it could mean a large or an uncivil rural person.


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