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Phrases – More Origins

Ever wonder where all those idioms and strange phrases of the English language come from? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a few fun phrases explained!

Beyond the Infinite

Iโ€™ve been working on this post for some time โ€“ I thought it was high time I finished it off:

Fit as a fiddle โ€“ A musical instrument has to be well maintained to be in good working order, the fiddle was possibly used because of itโ€™s popularity at the time.

Scot Free โ€“ Scot was a tax introduced in the 12th Century, so if you got away with paying this, you were getting away Scot free.

As happy as a clam โ€“ This is the shortened version of a phrase used โ€œAs happy as a clam at high waterโ€

Shake a leg โ€“ This was the phrase shouted to sailors in their hammocks in the morning. The sailors would then stick their leg out from under the covers so the officer could tell which were the men to get up and which were the ladies to leave alone.


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6 thoughts on “Phrases – More Origins”

    1. Every once in a while I’ll use one of these sorts of phrases and then stop mid sentence to ponder, out loud, the origin of such a strange phrase. We know it’s contemporary meaning but often have no idea where it originated. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting! I sure do appreciate it. Do you have a favorite phrase you say and don’t know where it came from?


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