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Word Phrase for On a Shoestring

Word Phrase for On a Shoestring
November 3, 2015
On a Shoestring? "On a Shoestring" Phrase Explained This expression may come from faro, but it isn't recorded until 1904, although shoestring gambler, for a"pretty tinhorn gambler," is attested to ten years or so earlier.  Meaning to start a business with a small amount o...
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Florence Nightingale-Lady With The Lamp

Florence Nightingale-Lady With The Lamp
October 8, 2015
Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale and a Disreputable Profession Florence Nightingale, the greatest of war nurses, is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. Born in the Italian city for which she was named, "The Lady with the Lamp" spent her childhood in E...
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How Does A Baker’s Dozen Saves An Ear

How Does A Baker’s Dozen Saves An Ear
April 28, 2015
How does a baker's dozen save an ear How a Baker's Dozen Saves An Ear? Who knew a baker's ear was on the line each time they baked a loaf of bread?  In ancient times, a baker was subject to severe penalties for not giving the full weight of bread to their customers.  Anci...
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Word Origin for Haywire

Word Origin for Haywire
January 6, 2015
Haywire Word Origin for Haywire "...and then everything went haywire!"   Ever hear a story with this phrase in it?  We all grow up more or less just understanding the word origin for haywire by the way it was used around us.  And it was used back in the 19th century with...
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Graham Crackers Invented by Presbyterian Minister

Graham Crackers Invented by Presbyterian Minister
September 16, 2014
Graham Crackers invented by Reverend Sylvester Graham   We Want Graham Crackers!   When I was a child, Graham Crackers were the staple food of children, used by mothers to treat, bribe and stuff their young ones.  Graham Crackers were invented by Presbyt...
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Ever Been Put on the Spot?

Ever Been Put on the Spot?
May 13, 2014
Put on the spot? What Does Put on the Spot Mean? The main thought deals with 'the Ace of Spades'. The ace of spades is a symbol of death to the superstitious all over the world. Vietcong soldiers were so afraid of it that American planes dropped thousands of cards in thei...
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Thanksgiving Dark Meat White Meat

Thanksgiving Dark Meat White Meat
November 19, 2013
Thanksgiving dark meat white meat Thanksgiving Words Embarrassed the Victorians Thanksgiving dark meat, white meat means what?  Is it possible to use cover up words for 'breast', 'leg', 'thigh', etc?  The Victorians had it covered for the Thanksgiving turkey!  How did t...
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