Where did the phrase"mind your own beeswax"come from?

Answer The phrase "mind your own beeswax" is a corruption of the phrase "mind your own business," according to IdiomSite. This idiom, which "actually has nothing to do with 'wax,'" dates back to the 1930s... Read More »

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What is the origin of the phrase snake oil?

During the 19th century, traveling salesmen made their rounds across the country with tonics and mixtures claiming to have found the cure for almost every ailment. The salesmen were bogus. A common... Read More »

What is the origin of the phrase"hang ten"?

The phrase "hang ten" comes from longboard surfing. It refers to a difficult trick in which a surfer stands with both feet at the nose of the board and all 10 toes curled---or "hanging"---over the ... Read More »

What is the origin of the phrase pin money?

The term, "pin money," which means just a little bit of money, is derived from the small allowance that 19th century husbands would give their wives to pay for dressing-making pins.Source:Dictionar... Read More »

What is the origin of the phrase"I'm from the government& I'm here to help"?

The origin of this phrase is linked to U.S. Rep. John Rousselot. The phrase was printed on May 6, 1976, in the Arcadia Tribune, a California newspaper, as Rousselot explained the greatest American ... Read More »