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Origins of words or phrases

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OrangeKrissy Nov 18, 2012
Many phrases come from real life. Such be the case with "Piss Poor" At one time in the past they used urine to tan animal skins, so families used to pee in a pot and when it was full they sold it to a tannery. If you had to do this to put food on your table you were "Piss Poor" But it was worse if you couldn't even afford a pot in which case you "Didn't have a pot to piss in"
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Kimihro Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still want to know the origin of "putting on the dog." :I
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OrangeKrissy Nov 19, 2012
You don't want to know unless you are into bestiality.
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Kimihro Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconshininginthedarkness:
90 to 100% of these cute stories are spurious.
As are 75% of internet statistics.
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OrangeKrissy Nov 19, 2012
Makes as much sense as any other explanations. You got any better?
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M-J-Gagne Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The word Saunter, to walk about in an idle manner, comes from the French Sans-Terre (without earth). It was used to describe those who would make pilgrimages to the holy land during the crusades.
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3wyl Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A dead ringer is because people used to be buried alive. They'd break their graves and would walk around amongst the living, but people thought that that person was dead. Eventually, a system was put in place that those buried would have a ring, hence dead ringer.

Or, at least, that's what my English teacher said once.
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OrangeKrissy Nov 19, 2012
Yes, grave sites were getting hard to find so they dug up the coffins and sent the bones to a bone house and reused the coffins. But they noticed scratch marks inside the lids and thought they were burying people alive so they ran a string up though the ground to a bell. There was a watchman in the cemetary who could hear the ringing and realize they had a "dead ringer" lol
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3wyl Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That sounds about right. :O
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Vanhir Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know... I didn't know that.
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