Jay birds would often become disorientated in urban areas after flying in from the forest. Dangers in the city ; like traffic for example, would leave them confused & cause erratic behaviour. Due to this, people started to describe 'someone walking the streets irresponsibly' by using the term JAYWALKER
The rumbling of stomach is called WAMBLE
During negotiations between Puritans & Native Americans they would bury all of their weapons, making them inaccessible giving origin to a phrase meaning 'end a quarrel or conflict & become friendly' as BURY The HATCHET
The space between one's eyebrows is called GLABELLA
The ancient Greek word sarkazein, which meant 'to tear flesh' metaphorized to sneering or cutting remark or speaking bitterly meaning SARCASM
The utterly sick feeling one gets after eating or drinking too much is called CRAPULENCE
The Louvre Palace in France was believed to have a network of listening tubes so that it would be possible to hear everything that was said in different rooms.This is how came the phrase The walls have ears
Unreadable handwriting is called GRIFFONAGE
The condition of finding it difficult to get out of the bed in the morning is called DYSANIA
Enjoy the privilege of official dysania and cherish it now or never
In ancient times, salt was used for many important things, and was often referred to as white gold. It could be used as an antiseptic to treat wounds, to preserve food, and also as a method of payment in Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Thus comes the word SALARY from the Latin salarium; the payment in salt.
The Day after Tomorrow is called OVERMORROW
Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled Gentleman Only... Ladies Forbidden
and thus the word GOLF entered into the english language
The prongs on a fork are called TINES
It originates with naval hero Horatio Nelson, who used his right side blind eye to loook through his telescope. This way he was able to avoid signals from his superior, who wanted him to withdraw from battle, attacking nevertheless, and was victorious. Meaning, pretend not to notic, the phrase is TURN a BLIND (or NELSON's) EYE
The small landing at the top of a flight of stairs where you have to turn and take another flight of stairs whether going up or down is called HALFPACE
Person or group of people having woolly or crisply curly hair is called ULOTRICHOUS
meaning loss of nerve or confidence. This idiom originates from a military term as the warriors who had frozen feet were not able to rush into battle.
This word was first recorded in 1770 by Captain James Cook, who landed to make repairs along the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia asking the Guugu Yimithirr aboriginals about a creature, getting in response the word "gangurru" meaning "I don't understand you" deriving the name KANGAROO
The unreachable space between one's shoulder blades is call ACENESTIS
In England during 15th century, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When one pulled in the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmes by ropes. When one pulled in the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT
The 'la la la' and 'na na na' which don't have any meaning in the lyrics of any song are called VOCABLES
The scattering of crumbs left on one side of the plate,
the few grains of rice sitting at the bottom of the bowl,
the few drops remaining in the glass,
are not mere leftovers and dregs.
They are TITYNOPE
There was an old law stating that if someone butchered an animal that didn't belong to oneself, then that person would not be punished if caught with the meat & whose hands were clean, but would only be punished if the person was caught with blood on one's hands. Hence the phrase CAUGHT RED-HANDED
It is belived that during drug withdrawal the skin of addicts turns hard to touch, covered with goosebumps and even translucent, similar to the skin of a plucked turkey originating the phrase meaning to quit something abruptly as Go Cold Turkey
During battles there was no time to administer anesthesia while performing surgeries. Hence, patients were made to clench a bullet to distract themselves & cope with the pain. First recorded by Rudyard Kipling in his 1891 novel 'The Light that Failed', meaning to endure a painful or otherwise unpleasant unavoidable situation originated the phrase; TO BITE THE BULLET