Category Archives: Meanings Lost in Time

Meanings Lost in Time #6

Two meanings this week #1 – Hands Down (as in ‘I won hands down.’) There is a good chance that this saying traveled to India with the imposition of the British Raj and their love of horse racing. Or maybe … Continue reading

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Meanings Lost in Time #4

A Red Herring In common use in the English language meaning something deliberately misleading. Why a herring  to illustrate this? Never given it much thought until now. This meanings lost in time feature is uncovering lots of things: They aren’t red … Continue reading

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Meanings Lost in Time #3

Light Hearted A familiar expression used to describe someone with an easy nature, kind, interested in others rather than themselves and good. Light hearted people are honest, thoroughly good eggs with a pure heart. So why light hearted? Maybe these positive qualities … Continue reading

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Meanings Lost in Time #2

Idioms and sayings. “Cat got your tongue?” This is a curious saying now disappearing from common use. Posed as a query to someone faltering on a reply to a pointed question or accusation. It’s old – dating back thousands of … Continue reading

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Meanings Lost in Time

Idioms and Sayings This is a pilot for a weekly feature on the above as an interesting aspect of the English language. English is the standard means of expression here but lots of bloggers are dealing with a second language so … Continue reading

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