45 Words or Phrases and Their Weird Origins

Submitted by: ichamps 8 years ago
http://www.neatorama.com/2008/08/07/origins-of-familiar-phrases/

Wondering how Hooker, Flipping the Bird, Charley Horse and Raining Cats and Dogs began? The strange facts are here.
There are 45 comments:
Male 62
there was no flipping the bird

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Female 304
...IM SORRY! EVERYONE ELSE WAS DOING IT!! ITS PEER PRESSURE!...

anyway, those were really cool. I feel edumacated.

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Female 304
I am a pretty little girl
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Female 150
haha! hilarious!
okay, back on topic... yeah, pretty cool
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Female 150
I am a pretty little girl
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Female 1,944
LAY AN EGG
Meaning: Fail.

LAY AN EGG!!!1!

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Female 1,944
did you know that I am a pretty little girl?
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Male 25
i lol`d
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Female 61
LOL i does
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Female 61
I am a pretty little girl
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Male 327
whoops, shouldve been poo-filled life
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Male 327
I am a pretty little girl who lives in a drating crap-filled life

hehe

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Male 1,455
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.

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Female 444
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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Male 12,365
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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Female 1,231
Interesting.

LOL@ Wordfilter.

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Male 265
well that was very interesting
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Male 69
i love you
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Male 1,220
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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Female 2,228
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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Male 143
:O:O:O:O I have the exact book they got this from in my bathroom RIGHT now. :D
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Male 184
does anyone else have the bathroom reader as well? i have two of the anthologies...lol!!!
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Female 2,258
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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Male 12,138
drat you prime, you poohead. You`re such a rooster at times!
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Male 7,933
nice, hey you can all I am a pretty little girl

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Male 7,933
let me try it right now
I am a pretty little girl

anyways, they forgot Im in there like swimwear.

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Male 31
Wow, I think my favorite was raining cats and dogs.
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Male 112
YES!! now i know these phrases that i dont even know, originated from!

I can die happily now.

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Male 12,138
^^ "Did you know, the word suspcious (I believe) was invented by Shakespear?"

I believe you invented it Matwix. Just now.

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Male 2,551
Did you know, the word suspcious (I believe) was invented by Shakespear?
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Male 285
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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Male 12,138
^^ I guess he`s taking about the word filter, Zero...
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Male 3,255
@airsofter1

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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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Male 276
always wondered where hooker came from
and the bird
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Female 505
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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Male 904
interesting. i have actually wondered where different phrases got their orgins so this helps
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Male 1,089
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
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Male 12,138
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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Male 1,244
Caught red handed! It makes so much sense now!
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Female 15,763
Speaking of the internet and truths, has anyone ever heard of truthism?

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

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Male 3,255
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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Female 2,220
Oh, Opie, you`re you sceptical.
The internet is full of truths, why would it lie to us?

=p

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Female 15,763
Yeah but how do I know it`s all true?

They all seem plausible....

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Female 2,220
OMG! I now finally understand a Gary Larson cartoon!!!

Charley Horse is cramp! I never knew that!

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Male 176
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