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Dictionary Definition: Putative

“‘Putative’ adjective commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob. Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin putātīvus reputed, equivalent to putāt ( us ) (past participle of putāre to think, consider, reckon, orig. to … Continue reading

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Curry That Horse!

“Curry Favor: This phrase, which means to seek to ingratiate yourself with someone by insincere flattery, or by doing small favors, is a corruption of the original saying, which was to “curry Favel.” Favel was the name of a horse … Continue reading

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Flash in the Pan

“Flash in the pan: This is a classic dead metaphor. It means a spectacular beginning that is quickly followed by failure. The allusion is to the action of the old flint-lock rifles. Occasionally after being all primed (loaded) to fire, … Continue reading

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Quiet as a Cat

“[C]at got your tongue?: This a very old expression. It got turned around at some point in history. Technically, it should be “do you have a cat’s tongue?” because it is based on the simple assumption that cats are incredibly … Continue reading

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Right Handed Candy

“The longest word that can be typed using only the right hand is ‘lollipop.’” Source: Robby Casteel’s Personal Web Site

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City of San Juan

“The city of San Juan used to be known as Puerto Rico (which means ‘rich port’ in Spanish), while the island of Puerto Rico was originally named San Juan.” Source: Robby Casteel’s Personal Web Site

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Oh, Canada!

“Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘Big Village’.” Source: Robby Casteel’s Personal Web Site

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