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Posts tagged ‘English Language’

Know Your Onions

To “know your onions” means knowing a lot about a subject. It’s a phrase that isn’t so common anymore. It’s a child of 1920’s slang, a slang…

Keep the Ball Rolling

You’ve probably used the idiom before; you want to “keep the ball rolling”. The phrase, if you aren’t familiar, means to keep up a situation or…

The Origin of the Ampersand

  It’s the character that was taken out of the alphabet – but is still used every day. The ampersand is mostly used stylistically today; it’s used as…

Art by Russell Patterson - "Where there's smoke there's fire," cropped.

It’s the Bee’s Knees!

It’s hard to think back to the flappers of the 1920s without evoking the phrase “bee’s knees”. The phrase implies something of the highest quality, but…

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