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comment What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
@SvenYargs: Especially good the 1858 has the other ruffian's reply: "Mr. Morrissey's slang terms are beneath my notice"!
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comment Why is it a “gene pool”?
More on the game of chicken here: loveyourindie.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/… (PDF, page 3)
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comment What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
@SvenYargs: I found the OED's 1858 (via Google) and it's also a boxing challenge. Answer updated.
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answered Origins and meaning of “Put your money where your mouth is”
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answered What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
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comment What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
@SvenYargs Here's some US libraries that have archives of paper: chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038221/holdings
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comment Are the terms “welsh” or “welch” (as in reneging on a bet) derogatory toward the Welsh people?
@sdenham Well, that's just an old spelling of a completely different word. The Royal Welch Fusiliers used Welch to mean "pertaining to Wales", not "failing to repay a debt".
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answered Preparing for metric dominance: alternatives to idioms using imperial units
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comment Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?
Unfixed...
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comment What is the origin of “in a jiffy”?
jiffy or it's variants is unlikely to be derived from Welsh as it has no no J sound. (There's lots of Jones and Jenkins in Wales, but they're names put on them by the English who didn't like their patronymics.)
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comment What is the origin of “in a jiffy”?
@Mari-LouA: I took a quick stab and found nothing earlier!
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