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Here's Where The Expression 'On The Wagon' Originated
It's said that if you're abstaining from drinking alcohol, then you are effectively on the wagon. Here's where this expression originated.
Why We Call Tips (Gratuity) 'Tips': Origin Of The Term
The slang term for gratuity (tips) actually dates back to the 1600's when the word for 'to pass' or 'to give' was used.
Mistletoe: What's 'Up' With That?
Where 'Caught Between The Devil And The Deep Sea' Came From
Like many phrases, there is no hard and fast explanation for 'caught between the devil and the deep sea' but there are some popularized meanings.
Where Did The Term 'Loose Cannon' Come From?
The term loose cannon, which refers to a person being out of control and able to cause harm or damage, has a nautical origin.
How England Got Its Name
Tarheels Of North Carolina
The Origin Of 'Golf': Where Did The Word Come From?
The actual origin of the word 'golf' is debated. It is most likely a combination of an old Dutch and French game called 'Colf'.