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 By Amy Reeves    Features    March 22, 2017

Where'd that come from?

On my long journey to become less linguistically challenged, I have been quite discouraged to find out that a few words I have been using most of my life do not mean what I thought they did. Oops! Per... Full story

 By Amy Reeves    Features    March 8, 2017

Where'd that come from? Finer than a frog's hair

There are times in life were we, as humans, use expressions to describe our actions or feelings while referring to animals: sicker than a dog, eating like a pig, busy like a bee, sweating like a dog,... Full story

 By Amy Reeves    Features    March 1, 2017

Where'd that come from? Nick-Name

Where’d that come from? Nick-Name A nickname is a substitute for the proper name for a familiar person, place or thing. Usually it is given out of affection, sometimes nicknames are given in... Full story


Where'd that come from? Low man on the totem pole

This week: Low man on the totem pole: Expression I have been there, or at least I thought I had until today. Meaning: To be the lowest in rank or the least important person. This expression is thought... Full story


Where'd that come from?

Like a dog with two tails: Idiom This saying describes being extremely happy. I have found very few references, however, the oldest one I could find was from Margaret Hardie 1929. Proverbs and... Full story


Where'd that come from? Saint Valentine's Day: Holiday

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Every Feb. 14, all around the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. As I try to... Full story


Where'd that come from?

Apple of my eye: Idiom In Old English, the pupil of the eye was called the ‘apple.’ If someone is the ‘apple of your eye’, he or she is someone that you look at a lot because they are your... Full story


Where'd that come from?

Turning the tables (expression) Turning the Table is a figurative phrase from around the early 1600s. It means to reverse a situation and gain the upper hand. Board games such as backgammon were... Full story


Where'd that come from? Fine Kettle of Fish

This expression means an awkward or messy state of affairs and originates from old English. Kettles are the essential piece of kitchen equipment for customs in which only the English can claim world... Full story


Where'd that come from?

“Can’t Carry a Tune in a Bucket” Meaning: Someone who sings very badly, is tone-deaf or is musically challenged. It is the inability to metaphorically “carry” a tune in a bucket or the inabi... Full story

 By Amy Reeves    Features    January 4, 2017

Where'd that come from?

Squirrely Adjective (slang) So I am sitting at home crocheting a hat and watching my two cats tear through the house like they have turbo jets attached to their tails and chased by invisible canines.... Full story


Where'd that come from? Twelve Days of Chirstmas (Song)

The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol. From the mid-16th century to the early-18th century, many Catholics were not allowed to practice their faith openly and had... Full story


Where'd that come from? Reindeer, Christmas and Santa…oh my!

With all this research, by the time I retire from The Goldendale Sentinel I should be the best Trivial Pursuit player on the planet! Reindeer You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet... Full story


Where'd that come from? Pull the wool over someone's eyes. (Phrase)

This term is from the early 1800s and means to fool or lie to someone and get away with it through deception and trickery. From the early 1600s to present day, judges in Europe adorn wigs made from... Full story



There are not enough words in all the languages of the world that can express my sincerest gratitude to the Service men and women who have sacrificed and given so much to ensure our freedoms through... Full story


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