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Do You Know These Words and Phrases?

Dead as a Doornail. The “doornail” is the plate or knocker upon which the hammer of a door knocker strikes. Phrases.org gives us this explanation on the origin of the phrase. In 1350,  William Langland used the phrase in a translation … Continue reading

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Do You Know These Words and Phrases?

These are some of the words and phrases I have encountered of late while reading. Some I knew the meaning and some I did not. Even when I knew the meaning, I was interested in the word’s origin or how … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Origin of These Words and Phrases?

Do You Know The Origin of These Words and Phrases? I have been editing again, as well as judging a few writing contests. The process had me searching out some of the least common words and phrases I encountered. Check … Continue reading

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More Doublespeak and Euphemisms

We all love delightfully delicious euphemisms, but we do not all know the source of some of our favorite phrases. Here are a few more tidbits to add to your supper conversation.  The sources of many of the entries are … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – We Are Up to “H”

Regency Era Lexicon – Time for the Letter “H” Haberdasher – a man who dealt with small items for sewing, such as thread, needles, buttons, ribbons, etc. Hack – a general-purpose riding horse; not used for hunting or military purposes … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – Next Up is the Letter “G”

Regency Era Lexicon – We’re Up to “G” Gaiters – knee-high leggings that buttoned on the side; a master would wear these over his clothing to protect them from mud, dirt, and rain Gallery – a long narrow room in … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – “F” is for More Than “Failure”

Regency Era Lexicon – We’re Up to “F” fag – used in English public schools; denoted a younger boy who ran errands for an older student (to become “fatigued” by doing these errands) faggot – a grouping of sticks tied … Continue reading

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