Word and Phrase Origins

Includes questions related to the origins and etymology of English words and phrases.

Golf
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How much does it cost to play 18 holes at Augusta National Golf Club?

Augusta National Golf Club is an exclusive golf course in Augusta, Georgia and the site of the annual Masters Tournament in April. You cannot play Augusta as a walk-on; you must be...
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Translations
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What does 'Erin go braugh' mean?

Erin go bragh is an English phonetic spelling of ?‰irinn go br??ch, which in Irish means "Ireland forever."

It is an Irish expression of allegiance to Ireland.

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Glue and Adhesives

What is the meaning of the idiom 'sent to the glue factory'?

Basically it means something that's no longer any use. In past times, old horses (nags) were slaughtered, and their carcases sent to the glue factory, as that's all they were deeme...
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Who coined the phrase repetition is the father of learning?

Actually, some versions say "repetition is the mother of learning"-- one of the oldest comes from the ancient Latin: Repetitio est mater studiorum. This translates as "Repetition i...
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Calendar
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Why is Month called a month?

The word 'month' is a noun, a word for any of the twelve divisions of a calendar year; a word for a thing.The noun 'month' is a common noun because it is a general word for any mon...
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Family Guy
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What does Marketable skills mean?

skills talents, and training you have that can be used to make money. Example: I never thought that knowing Photoshop could be a marketable skill, but now I am a famous artist. * *...
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D-Day
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What is the origin of the word chalet?

The earliest use of the word chalet in English was in 1782.It was derived from the Swiss (and French) chalet, which meant "herdsman's hut, Alpine cottage". This was probably a dimi...
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Politics and Government
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What is the meaning of 'Faith and begorrah'?

'Faith and begorrah' means "sure and by God". This is in the dialect of English called Hiberno-English, not in Irish Gaelic, although there are several features of this dialect owi...
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Is the word mosquito of Spanish origin?

Yes. "Mosca" is the Spanish word for "fly". The diminutive form of this is "mosquito", or "little fly".

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Where did the term nervous nellie come from?

Ever heard the phrase, "Whoa, Nellie"? Nell, or Nellie, was an late 19th to early 20th century nickname for a female horse. It was particularly applied to one hitched to a wagon or...
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Definitions

What is vivacious?

Energetic. 17th Century: from Latin vīvax lively.

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Ketchup

What is the origin of the word ketchup?

The words "ketchup" and "catsup" both come from the Malay word "kechap," from the Chinese word "ketsiap," a sauce made from fermented fish and brine. Pickled fish sauce may not sou...
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History and Origins of Foods

Where did the sandwich come from?

The Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich in England in 1762. However, there's some disagreement involved with this widely accepted fact.

Conditions and Diseases
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Who discovered the word disease?

It is a 14th Century French word, meaning 'without ease' or 'discomfort'

English Language
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The phrase diurnal motion refers to the?

gradual motion of the constellations from east to west across the sky each night, resulting in different constellations being visible at 4 A.M. than at 10 P.M. on any given night.

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Nouns

Is the pledge of allegiance a proper noun?

Yes, the Pledge of Allegiance is a proper noun because it's a title. It should be capitalized.

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Where did the phrase jackpot come from?

tho it was used to mean any big prize by 1944 it came from a late 19th century poker variant in which the ante increased for each new hand when no player was dealt a pair of jacks ...
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What is the etymology of lunar?

The official name of our own moon is Luna.It comes into modern language from Middle English, meaning crescent-shaped. It was adopted there from the Old French word lunaire, and fro...
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Domestic Dogs
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What is the meaning of the phrase Puppy dog eyes?

Sad begging eyes.

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Where does the word architect come from?

architect1563, from M.Fr. architecte, from L. architectus, from Gk. arkhitekton "master builder," from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + tekton "builder, carpenter". Architecture also ...
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Parenting and Children
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What is the meaning of 'You are grounded' when someone does something wrong?

"You are grounded" is a fairly common punishment for kids. It refers to being unable to leave the house except to go to school or family activities. No going to parties, sporting e...
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English Language
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What does the phrase safe harbor mean?

It means people won't mess with you in that specified location. In a legal sense, it refers to a situation where you are immune from liability. For example, if you withhold taxes f...
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Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
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What does ride like the wind mean?

Ride really fast so wind will blow in your face. Don't know the orgin, but it infers riding a horse, bicycle or motorcycle. In another interpretation it means, ride really fast, ma...
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Who first said the phrase it is what it is?

Erich Fried (6 May 1921 - 22 November 1988), an Austrian poet that settled in England, known for his political-minded poetry. Erich was also a broadcaster, translator and essayist,...
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What is the origin of the word 'vegetable'?

15th century: late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin vegetabilis 'animating,' from Latin vegetare,from veg?“re 'to enliven'.


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