Power of Words

‘Down to the Wire’

Definition: used to denote a situation whose outcome is not decided until the very last minute (Source: New Oxford American Dictionary) The phrase ‘down to the wire’ originates from 19th Read More

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Posted 10-27-2021

‘Smoke and Mirrors’

Definition: something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue (Source: Merriam Webster) The origin of the phrase ‘smoke and mirrors’ comes from when Read More

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Posted 09-18-2018

‘Kick the Bucket’

Definition: Die (Source: New Oxford American Dictionary) No one really knows for certain where the phrase ‘kick the bucket’ originates from. One theory says that when people would hang themselves or Read More

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Posted 08-28-2018

‘Cat Got Your Tongue?’

Definition: Used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything. (Source: Merriam-Webster) Today, we use the phrase ‘cat got your tongue’ in a very lighthearted context. However, Read More

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Posted 08-20-2018

Malinger — from the French

  Malinger /məˈliNGɡər/ verb; to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc. Date first recorded in English: 1810-1820. Etymology: French, malingre, sickly, ailing; equivalent to mal– and Read More

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Posted 08-02-2018