Word and Phrase Origins
Includes questions related to the origins and etymology of English words and phrases.
How much does it cost to play 18 holes at Augusta National Golf Club?
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.
What is the meaning of the idiom 'sent to the glue factory'?
Who coined the phrase repetition is the father of learning?
Why is Month called a month?
What does Marketable skills mean?
What is the origin of the word chalet?
What is the meaning of 'Faith and begorrah'?
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".
Where did the term nervous nellie come from?
What is vivacious?
Energetic. 17th Century: from Latin vīvax lively.
What is the origin of the word ketchup?
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.
Who discovered the word disease?
It is a 14th Century French word, meaning 'without ease' or 'discomfort'
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.
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.
Where did the phrase jackpot come from?
What is the etymology of lunar?
What is the meaning of the phrase Puppy dog eyes?
Sad begging eyes.
Where does the word architect come from?
What is the meaning of 'You are grounded' when someone does something wrong?
What does the phrase safe harbor mean?
What does ride like the wind mean?
Who first said the phrase it is what it is?
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'.