Everyday Phrases.  

Cousin_Norman 62M
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5/14/2006 9:41 am

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5/27/2006 5:11 pm

Everyday Phrases.

Have you ever wondered where old sayings and phrases that are still used today originate from ???

For instance...Why is a prostitute called a BRASS??? Answer..This dates back to the days when a woman of ill repute would charge a Brass farthing for her services.

Have you heard the saying..Its cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey??? This originates from the old sailing times when the cannon balls that where stacked up ready to go in to the cannon were stacked on a receptacle which the sailors called a brass monkey. In the very cold weather the cannon balls would slip off the brass monkey.

Its raining cats and dogs??? This goes back to 14th and 15th century England, when all the houses had thatched roofs. All the animals that the owner of the house had, Cats, dogs, etc would be kept indoors and lived on the rafters of the roof. When it rained and the rain soaked thru the thatch and on to the rafters, the cats and dogs would slip off and fall. Hence it was raining cats and dogs.

Have you ever put up a two fingered gesture to somebody you did not like??? This gesture originates at the time of the battle of Agincourt, When the french would capture prisoners they would not kill the prisoners but they would chop the third and index fingers off the prisoners and let them go. The released prisoners would be no danger anymore because they would not be able to use their bow and arrows.

Has anybody ever asked you to have one more drink for the road??? This goes back to olden England when a man was sentenced to the gallows. He would be driven to the gallows down the road on a horse and wagon. The guards would stop at a tavern on the way and ask the prisoner if he wanted one for the road. This is also how the phrase I am on the wagon originated. Meaning I will drink no more.

I have heard a lot more of how these sayings and phrases originated and I may share some of them with you in the future.

Then again I might not.

MeLikeKmunch2 59M

5/14/2006 3:17 pm

Yo cuz. Friend a Kmunch here.

Ya ever herard the saying, "Transformers:More than meets the eye?"
This originates from a marketing slogan for a children's toy/TV program about otherwise inanimate objects transforming into superheros who fight evil? What evil. Not too much more to the eye than that, I don't think.

What about "It's a funny world. Everyone says it, nobody laughs."
That one always cracks me up.

You already know about surrounded by morons which originated from Mr. Burns, but have you ever heard the phrase, "Pull my finger?"

I don't know where that one originated, but I sure don't fart the way I did the night my cuz outsmarted me after I told him to fuck himself. You can blame the French for that!!

If you know strongarm Kevin, he can tell ya more. Oh wait he's dead.

How about a fool and his money are soon parted?

I've lost Faith in whoever said, "King for a day, Fool for a lifetime.



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