The following articles have the tag etymology
To test your mettle is to demonstrate resolve and determination; to be tenacious.
You say it every day but do you know how OK originated?
Being a ‘goody two shoes’ used to be a good thing – especially for kids.
An idiom made especially for those who act before it is time.
Which of these two theories about this idiom’s origin is most plausible?
This phrase has been used for a long time, but what exactly is the ‘ball’?
You may be surprised to learn the Scots have nothing to do with this phrase.
Can you guess how ‘to take with a grain of salt’ originated?
Do you know where ‘ducks in a row’ comes from?
Two theories on where ‘cut the mustard’ and ‘pass mustard’ originated.
Today, we reveal the origin of this popular children’s chant.
Why we started using the phrase ‘it costs an arm and a leg’.
Today we discover the origin of the idiom: living the life of Riley.
Where does the saying “no skin off my nose” originate?
Next time you think of passing the buck, just remember that it has to stop ...
From dockyard to schoolyard: learn the origin of ‘chip on your shoulder’.
What is the origin of the saying ‘penny for your thoughts’?
The history of the idiom ‘caught red-handed’.
Did it ever actually ‘rain cats and dogs’ somewhere?
We share the origin of the idiom ‘apple of my eye’ and what it means.
What does ‘scapegoat’ mean and how did the goat get so unlucky?
What’s so good about the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified?
We investigate the origin behind the idiom ‘steal one’s thunder’.
Find out from where this popular idiom originated.
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