Why do we say "justice is blind'?
Why do we cross our fingers when wishing for luck?
Why do we say, 'Every dog has its day'?
Where did the expression "the whole nine yards" come from?
Why were executions held at sunrise?
Why do we call a dollar a 'buck'?
How did we start celebrating Mother's Day?
Within a democracy, what are the fourth and fifth estates?
The book definitely gives you an understanding of how so many phrases that you have heard for decades actually came to be. Often the explanation makes sense but sometimes runs counter to what you thought was the derivation of the phrase. What's even more interesting is that these phrases have lasted so long and get applied in new ways in our tech-driven modern society. Is a bird in hand still worth two in the bush? I don't know, but just make sure you don't go out when it is raining cats and dogs.
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