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Where did "straight from the horses mouth" come from?
Back in the day, farmers would take their crops or whatever to town which could be a long treacherous journey on narrow roads. To alert other carts out there that a cart was coming around a corner of a narrow trail, they would put bells on the harnesses of their horses. These bells were pretty expensive, so if a cart got in a jam, they would trade some of their bells for assistance. When leaving, farmers would tell their family that they would "be back with bells on", meaning that they would have a safe journey and would not have to trade away any of their bells along the way.
Where did "the bee's knees" come from? I know what it means, but a google search has given at least 3 different possible origins.
One says it was originally meant to mean something small but when other similar phrases came to mean something cool or awesome (such as the cats whiskers) then the bee's knees came to be used this way.
Another talks about it being a slang homophone to business which meant it was the real deal etc.
"The cat is out of the bag." I assumed it was a saying about the difficulty in controlling information. Anyone that has had to put a cat into a bag can certainly attest that if the cat gets out, there is no way in hell you can get it back in again.
Turns out that butchers would sell small live pigs in sacks. The dishonest butcher would put a cat in the sack instead of a small pig. When the cat was out of the bag, it meant that a customer opened up the bag to confirm what he was buying.
"Flash in the pan," "going off half-cocked" and buying something "lock, stock and barrel" are all firearm terms.
One of my favorite word origins goes back more than a century, when funeral homes started to grow in prominence. Previously, the local undertaker would take care of the body directly in the dearly departed's home, often displaying the body or casket in an anteroom of the house known as the parlor. It's the reason many funeral establishments were then known as parlors.
But even with the bodies shipped off-site, the parlor in the house was still left with a rather negative vibe. No one wanted to hang in the "death room." So one of the publications of the day held a contest to rename the parlor and make it friendlier than the "death room."
Which is how the "living room" came to being named.
I thought that was lions?
Presenting the final 2008 inductee to The Deadspin Hall Of Fame ... Marques Slocums Fuck Lion Way to go, all. See you next year. (Plaque by the engaged Jim Cooke.)
I thought "flash in the pan" had to do with the gold rush and gold mining.
Oh, I thought it was about the flash of lit powder in the pan of the old musket, which made a nice visual but didn't fire the weapon. Thus, the flash in the pan was something that started off promising but went nowhere.
But I can see how that applies to gold mining as well, although a flash in that pan would be much better.
NYCTerp is now OCTerp
miscue comes from billiards.
"Curb stomp" comes from the 2013 National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama.
I actually read it was a negative thing...like miners would think they found gold because they saw a flash in the pan but it wasn't gold it was just a flash in the pan.
Another one I'm curious about ..."Egg on your face" wtf is that
I think that one comes from foxes breaking into chicken coups and eating the eggs. If you get caught with egg on your face, you've been busted.
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I have no idea what it does to help a Race horse but they give them Lasix which is a diahyretic (water pill) which makes you piss out all the excess water in your system.
Race horses need to cool down fast after the exertion of running a race, and pissing is one mechanism to cool them down quickly.
I assume the accompanying weight loss of 5 ish pounds is another goal pre race. The generic furosemide is a drug I distribute, and it does wonders for puffy old people with edema.
"Close but no Cigar". Fill me in please.
Rumor has it that was Monica Lewinski's response after Bill Clinton asked how his cock compared
I think your explanation applies to the Obama administration.
"The proof is in the pudding" is a bastardization of the phrase "the proof of the pudding," which itself is a shortened form of "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," although I've also seen it lengthened to "the proof of the taste is in the pudding."
Basically, you have to eat (try) something before fully knowing it. While today, pudding is a sweet dessert, the phrase likely arose in medieval times, when a pudding was more akin to what we know as haggis.
Similarly, "You can't have your cake and eat it, too" is often misquoted. Originally, the term was "eat your cake and have it" - it wasn't until the 1940s that the more popular (recorded) use was today's "have your cake and eat it." The word "have" is used to mean "possess," ie you cannot both own a cake and eat it; you can either possess it or eat it. You cannot have it both ways is the basic meaning of the phrase, which still persists today even with the confused order, although the meaning is slightly less clear with today's popularized version.
"Horse of a different color" comes from that one time Justerp beat the crap out of RedandWhite.
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