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So I've noticed that lately I've said something and wondered what the hell it actually means...examples like "The world is my oyster" and "flash in the pan" immediately come to mind. I did Google searches on those two but thought it'd be fun to have a thread here where everyone could ask or explain in further detail. I find this type of stuff very interesting - there are so many random things that are in our everyday lexicon that which very few people actually know the origin.
The World is Your Oyster apparently came from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.
There are many different answers for the "flash in the pan" saying but most have to do with gold mining.
Not sure where "waiting for the other shoe to drop" came from.
"Never look a gift horse in the mouth" caused me to refer to google once.
...something about being able to tell the health of a horse by the teeth. So by looking in the mouth, you're being ungrateful. You should simply be satisfied that you were given the gift in the first place.
Or something like that?
POSTER CALL OUT THREAD!!
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
"Fuck RavensnTerps" - apparently its derived from some Latin
"The Whole Nine Yards" has about 47 different origin explanations. It also used to be the "whole six yards" and the "whole seven yards."
I'll have you know, I have great teeth.
Baba booey to you all!
Hands Down.... As in they won that game hands down comes from horse racing
giving someone the cold shoulder...
something to do with back in the old days guests would have to travel for a great amount of time to visit each other...and after several(many) days of visiting if the hosts wanted to give them the signal that it was time to leave they would serve meat from the shoulder cold.
I'm not interested in Googling it, but I guarantee " give em the high hard one" is either a reference to a fastball up and in, or using your morning wood to turn in an especially impressive performance.
"Long in the tooth" is also from horses. As they age, their front teeth get longer, so being long in the tooth means you're at least as old as Eli.
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where does O DUANY come from
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
Also as people age their gums start to retract and their teeth get longer at least until they all fall out and they get dentures. (Old people like me know shit like that, and ftr, I do still have all my teeth. I'm sooooooooooo proud of that. hehehe!!!!)
"She's a tiger in the sack"
Comes from when people used to fuck tigers
Someone also created an "O DUANY" that was just a black canvas with the white text :joltin:
Actually this comes from the most commonly used arena of the MIlitary where the length of a chain of ammo for amachine gun was 9 yards so once they zeroed in on the target they order was give them the Whole 9 Yards which meant to empty you weapon on the target.
Somehow I find that comforting. And my contribution: it's tenter hooks, not tender hooks, which comes from early textile manufacturing.
In the old days, farmers would cut distinctive marks into the ears of their pigs, and then turn them loose to forage in the wild. Then in the spring, the locals would organize a big round-up and track all the loose pigs down, dividing them up by owner.
This is how we get "earmarks" and "pork" in our legislative dealings.
where does "the proof is in the pudding" derive?
It's a take off of "the proof is in the pounding," which was popularized by Maryland sports marketing t-shirts in the late 2000s
Thank goodness they didn't_________, b/c then we'd be calling it __________________
Some other horse racing ones:
run for your money, neck and neck, hold your horses, down to the wire
Along these same lines, I was riding horses with my wife a few years ago, and piss like a racehorse is not hyperbole. Holy cow it's a sight.
stupid neal had to come in and win the thread on the first page and ruin it for all of us
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