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45 Responses to 45 Words or Phrases and Their Weird Origins

  1. Profile photo of ichamps
    ichamps Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 9:33 am
    Link: 45 Words or Phrases and Their Weird Origins - Wondering how Hooker, Flipping the Bird, Charley Horse and Raining Cats and Dogs began? The strange facts are here.
  2. Profile photo of Willowpuff
    Willowpuff Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 11:49 am
    OMG! I now finally understand a Gary Larson cartoon!!!

    Charley Horse is cramp! I never knew that!

  3. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 11:50 am
    Yeah but how do I know it`s all true?

    They all seem plausible....

  4. Profile photo of Willowpuff
    Willowpuff Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 11:55 am
    Oh, Opie, you`re you sceptical.
    The internet is full of truths, why would it lie to us?

    =p

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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm
    Etymology is one of my hobbies, I LOVE this stuff. The website I frequent already covers everything in current active or discussion or cataloged but still, kudos on posting this.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    Speaking of the internet and truths, has anyone ever heard of truthism?

    ...Because it`s honestly more ridiculous than Scientology.

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    BlackiPod Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    Caught red handed! It makes so much sense now!
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:03 pm
    I was so prepared to call bullsh*t, but having read the article, it seems well-researched... Problem is, many of the origins are lost in the mists of time, so it`s really a best guess (how many different versions have I heard for "learning the ropes").

    But these seem sensible to me... good post ichamps!

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    airsofter1 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm
    i wonder how long it took them to make this just so i could glance at it go meh and exit the page.
    oh and hey watch this, s_uck my d_ick, turns into i am a pretty little girl, go ahead try it
  10. Profile photo of maceizballin
    maceizballin Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm
    interesting. i have actually wondered where different phrases got their orgins so this helps
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    obesepig Female 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm
    Here`s one that`s not listed: Get someone`s goat (which means to make them angry). I don`t know when, but a long time ago, if someone wanted revenge or something, they`d steal the other person`s goat (if they had one) to make them angry.
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    Dradan659 Male 13-17
    276 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    always wondered where hooker came from
    and the bird
  13. Profile photo of Zerocyde
    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm
    @airsofter1

    ...

    Make it? They just made a list of known etymological findings.

    "oh and hey watch this, s_uck my d_ick, turns into i am a pretty little girl, go ahead try it"

    What the drat are you talking about?

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    ^^ I guess he`s taking about the word filter, Zero...
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    Aciliveth Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    A well put-together list, though some seem like educated guesses, it`s all plausible.

    My favourite phrase`s origin isn`t on this list. "Smooth move, Exlax." Exlax is a laxative.. I don`t think I need to elaborate. Needless to say, I never use that phrase anymore. lol, and I love explaining it to my friends because they always get grossed out.

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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    Did you know, the word suspcious (I believe) was invented by Shakespear?
  17. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm
    ^^ "Did you know, the word suspcious (I believe) was invented by Shakespear?"

    I believe you invented it Matwix. Just now.

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    DCH4LiFe Male 13-17
    112 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm
    YES!! now i know these phrases that i dont even know, originated from!

    I can die happily now.

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    marronator Male 18-29
    31 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm
    Wow, I think my favorite was raining cats and dogs.
  20. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm
    let me try it right now
    I am a pretty little girl

    anyways, they forgot Im in there like swimwear.

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm
    nice, hey you can all I am a pretty little girl

  22. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm
    drat you prime, you poohead. You`re such a rooster at times!
  23. Profile photo of Lauraly
    Lauraly Female 18-29
    2259 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    Interesting post. I`ve always loved finding out where random phrases come from.
    For some reason, I always thought someone with an axe to grind was a person who wanted revenge. Toss that into my learn something new every day pile.
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    Jfizzle Male 13-17
    184 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm
    does anyone else have the bathroom reader as well? i have two of the anthologies...lol!!!
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    tjanator Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    :O:O:O:O I have the exact book they got this from in my bathroom RIGHT now. :D
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm
    I liked the horses#it explanation for "for the birds," I`ll remember that one.

    I too enjoy the censoring here. In the midst of heated debate it makes us sound like preschoolers, and then no one can really be mad at anybody anymore!

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    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm
    obespig, while you are right, there is actually more to that story.
    In horse racing, the keepers of the horses would often have a goat with the horse in its stable, because goats would usually keep a horse from losing its cool. Sometimes, people would steal a goat from the horse that they wanted to lose the race, making it nervous and tense. and hence the phrase "get your goat"
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    fuguthenub Male 18-29
    69 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    i love you
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    Adoras Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm
    well that was very interesting
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    firefliet Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm
    Interesting.

    LOL@ Wordfilter.

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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm
    In the lists of this type I`ve seen on the net before, most or all of the etymologies are wrong or uncertain. Maybe I`ll go through this list later.

    Here`s one I saw while flicking through the first few...

    "In 1640, Charles I of England expanded the London police force."

    That seems dubious to me, as the London police force was formed by Sir Robert Peel about 200 years later in response to the appalling levels of crime in 19th century London.

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    NicoNico Female 18-29
    444 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm
    I`m sorry, but I have to say this:

    This list fits to the tittle.

    Sorry, I just love the word "tittle".

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    catbarf Male 18-29
    1455 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm
    A little known fact is that the phrase `chasing tail` as well as a certain slang term for female genitalia are the result of medieval times, in which establishments offering prostitutes used an image of a cat to indicate the service without attracting undue attention.

    That`s your random fact for oh-eight, don`t expect any more.

  34. Profile photo of shivarama
    shivarama Male 13-17
    327 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm
    I am a pretty little girl who lives in a drating crap-filled life

    hehe

  35. Profile photo of shivarama
    shivarama Male 13-17
    327 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm
    whoops, shouldve been poo-filled life
  36. Profile photo of TVirus14
    TVirus14 Female 13-17
    62 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm
    I am a pretty little girl
  37. Profile photo of TVirus14
    TVirus14 Female 13-17
    62 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm
    LOL i does
  38. Profile photo of J-T1000
    J-T1000 Male 13-17
    25 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 10:42 am
    i lol`d
  39. Profile photo of misscutieroo
    misscutieroo Female 18-29
    1944 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    did you know that I am a pretty little girl?
  40. Profile photo of misscutieroo
    misscutieroo Female 18-29
    1944 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm
    LAY AN EGG
    Meaning: Fail.

    LAY AN EGG!!!1!

  41. Profile photo of StellaT
    StellaT Female 13-17
    150 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    I am a pretty little girl
  42. Profile photo of StellaT
    StellaT Female 13-17
    150 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    haha! hilarious!
    okay, back on topic... yeah, pretty cool
  43. Profile photo of beenyweeny
    beenyweeny Female 18-29
    304 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm
    I am a pretty little girl
  44. Profile photo of beenyweeny
    beenyweeny Female 18-29
    304 posts
    August 9, 2008 at 10:58 pm
    ...IM SORRY! EVERYONE ELSE WAS DOING IT!! ITS PEER PRESSURE!...

    anyway, those were really cool. I feel edumacated.

  45. Profile photo of BBallKicks
    BBallKicks Male 13-17
    62 posts
    August 10, 2008 at 8:53 pm
    there was no flipping the bird

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