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comment Origin of the phrase “mother's ruin”?
"All this evidence supports that the term originated in the UK in the 1700s" Are you suggesting the term "mother's ruin" was used in the 1700s?
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comment Origin of the phrase “mother's ruin”?
"Why the term, "mother's ruin" made its appearance in the 1820s" Do you mean the term "mother's milk"? Or was the term "mother's ruin" also used in the 1820?
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answered Origin of the phrase “mother's ruin”?
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comment When did the word “snafu” enter the colloquial vernacular?
@Pete: I do have HTTPS Everywhere installed, but disabling it or removing the https don't make a difference. Right clicking and opening in a new tab shows it, but it's not really an image so perhaps that's the problem.
Apr
10
comment How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
@JLG: Don't trust everything you read on Wikipedia. In this case they've got their references wrong.
Apr
10
answered How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Apr
10
comment When did the word “snafu” enter the colloquial vernacular?
The Ngram doesn't show for me.
Apr
9
comment “To book” used as “to run”
We have a question for the origin here: english.stackexchange.com/a/54273/9001
Apr
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comment “To book” used as “to run”
"To book" dates from at least the 1960s: english.stackexchange.com/a/54273/9001
Apr
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comment OED Appeals: Origin of “bimble”
Are you suggesting a connection between the kitten's name and the word for a leisurely wander?
Apr
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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revised What is the origin of “scrilla”?
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Mar
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answered What is the origin of “scrilla”?
Mar
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answered “God bless you” equivalent for fart?
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answered Etymology of “French fries”
Mar
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comment Etymology of “French fries”
-1 This answer contains some misleading copying and pasting from The Straight Dope, who tell the story of the French court as a background to the potato's popularity. "So how did potatoes come to their present popularity?" is the missing line from the first paragraph. Only later is: "And so we arrive at your question."
Mar
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answered origin of the expression “all over him/her like a cheap coat/suit”