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Friday, April 20, 2012

"Son Of A Gun"


"Son of a gun" - An epithet. In the 1800s, British sailors took women along on extended voyages. When babies were born at sea, the mothers delivered them in a partitioned section of the gundeck. Because no one could be sure who the true fathers were, each of these "gunnery" babies was jokingly called a "son of a gun."


Monday, April 16, 2012

"Paying Through The Nose"


"Paying through the nose" - Means exorbitant, too expensive. Comes from the ninth-century Ireland. When the Danes conquered the Irish, they imposed an exorbitant Nose Tax on the island's inhabitants. They took a census (by counting noses) and levied oppressive sums on their victims, forcing them to pay by threatening to have their noses actually slit.

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