Site of the Week:

‘Axe to Grind’, ‘Throw in the Towel’, ‘Pass the Buck’ , ‘Hoodlum’ …..the list goes on and on.

Where do these old sayings come from? Although so many are still a big part of our daily jargon; more often than not, there is no real relation to the saying and what they are now referring to. We all use them though, don’t we?

There are a lot of sites online that feature sayings and their origins but I found this particular one very informative and fun to browse. There is also a link for word lovers, featuring pages of outdated, strange and just plain weird words now seldom used and understood, even less.  

What’s your favorite old saying and/or the one you use the most? If you didn’t know what it really meant before or where it originated, maybe this website will have the answer.   🙂

PS: One of my personal favorites: ‘spill the beans’  except when I really do…..yikes, where’s the broom??? LOL

Check it out at:


9 responses

  1. when in doubt about the origin of a word or phrase, you can almost never go wrong by guessing Shakespeare or the Bible as the source. 🙂 Brownielocks is wrong though…my mom invented the word Hoodlum. And Barney Fife invented the phrase Nip it in the Bud.

  2. My Mom always says, “Back when Hector was a pup” to refer to things that happened in the past. I honestly have nooooo idea where that one came from!

  3. That’s a very interesting site!
    my grandma always said “if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride”. I had no idea what that meant until I was much older.

  4. Cool site, G. THANKS!

    My mom, when i was little and she would tease us when either of my sisters or i would hound her about what she was doing/where she was going, she’d say, “I’m going to see a man about a horse.” I have no clue what that means but sometimes i say it to her now, jokingly, when she asks what i am going to be up to!

  5. That’s an interesting site, Geraldine!

  6. my friend has a whole DICTIONARY about these phrases
    we stayed up one night reading about them


  7. Thanks for the link!

  8. Thanks for sharing!
    I’m going to check this out.

  9. Hi C, LOL….your mom sounds like a lot of fun!

    Hi Sheep, Never heard that one before!

    Hi MaryAnne, Another original saying! Thanks for the ‘heads up email’ on this one.

    Hi K, You are most welcome. And that is a saying Ive heard many times, will have to check out what it means. 🙂

    Hi Beth, Any favs. you have in the saying dept.?

    Hi Teddy, That would be interesting for sure….

    Hi Diana and Opal, You are very welcome.

    Huggs and thanks so much for stopping by, G 😉

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