Tag Archives: 1800’s

Democrats, Republicans, elephants and donkeys, Oh My!

The Republican party was formed when certain members of what was known then as the Democratic-Republican Party left under pressures surrounding the anti-salvery movement in the 1850’s.  It has been more or less recognized as an official party since the … Continue reading

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Jackpot!

There are many words in the English language that are used everyday where the origins are a complete mystery.  Most of the time people never stop to wonder where a word came from and just accept its use.  “Jackpot” is … Continue reading

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Cops: A police slang term explained

The thing about misinformation is that as long as no one bothers to actually look into the validity of something told to them, the erroneous information simply gets passed on to the next person.  Such is the case with the … Continue reading

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Caught between the Devil and the Deep Sea

When someone is caught between a rock and hard place one might say that they are “between the devil and the deep sea”. Like many phrases there is no hard and fast explanation for this phrase but there are some … Continue reading

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Tarheels of North Carolina

In the 1700’s and 1800’s Great Britain relied heavily on the strength of their Navy both for national defense and for trade. Part of having an efficiently running Navy means having the proper gear and keeping it in working order. … Continue reading

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