Posts tagged ‘expression origin’

May 2, 2014

may 2nd

This widely used term “clean bill of health,” has its origins in the document issued to a ship showing that the port it sailed from suffered from no epidemic or infection at the time of departure.


August 23, 2013


You’re a Real Peach originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.


June 10, 2013

Revealing All


Spilling The Beans is related to the system of voting used in Ancient Greece, in which people cast black and white beans or stones as secret ballots. Tipping over the jar or basket used to collect votes would reveal the outcome early, hence the saying spilling the beans.


May 6, 2013

Swan Song


The term “swan song” comes from the belief that swans were completely silent until the last few moments of their life, when they would sing a beautiful song.  Although this was proven to be false, the expression has lived on.


April 14, 2013

Say What?


PULLING THE WOOL OVER SOMEONE’S EYES goes back to the days when all gentlemen wore powdered wigs like the ones still worn by the judges in British courts. The word wool was then a popular, joking term for hair … The expression ‘pulling the wool over his eyes’ came from the practice of tilting a man’s wig over his eyes, so he couldn’t see what was going on.