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Oct
8
comment Democratic People's Republic of Korea
@Milliarde89: Why not? Do you disagree with the quoted part?
Oct
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answered Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Oct
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revised What does “O.G.” stand for?
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Oct
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comment Origin of “gimble”, “brillig”
@oerkelens: At the bottom there's a list of links: "Search in Google Books: 1700 - 1843 1844 - 1843 1844 - 1850 1851 - 1861 1862 gimble English"
Oct
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answered Origin of “gimble”, “brillig”
Oct
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comment What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
@SvenYargs: Yes, the similarity with modern prefight boxing promotion struck me too. Best of all, googling shows "put up or shut up" is still used in boxing, for example: Let me be the first to say you have a long way to go before you can even step into the ring with a Floyd Mayweather past his prime (I could imagine how bad a prime Floyd would destroy you) or even Manny Pacquiao just past his prime. There are fights to be made Danny Garcia, have your team make it happen, its time for you to put up, or shut up.
Oct
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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"!
Oct
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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)
Oct
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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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revised What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?
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Sep
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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”?
Sep
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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
Sep
30
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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Sep
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answered Preparing for metric dominance: alternatives to idioms using imperial units
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