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Common Expressions

What's A Shibboleth? Origin And Meaning Of The Biblical...

May 30, 2021

Antique Bible texts in exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) "Shibboleth," when translated directly from Heb...

Where Does The Term 'Redneck' Come From? How Redneck Cu...

January 10, 2021

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is shown performing on stage during a "live" concert appearance on April 12, 2014. (John Atashian/Getty Images) The term "redneck" has...

A History Of Sliced Bread: The Best Thing Since Itself

July 7, 2020

A loaf of sliced white bread. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) We have probably all heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread," but it doesn...

Okay Etymology: Why Do We Say "Okay" And Where Did It C...

March 23, 2020

As one of our most commonly used colloquialisms, "okay" is so much a part of our language and culture that it is hard to imagine a time when it wasn't used. ...

Where Does The Phrase "Pie In The Sky" Come From? A Son...

January 2, 2020

Even if you haven't ever referred to an idea as being a "pie in the sky," you've definitely heard the phrase. On its face, it's unclear why an airborne dessert is...