Why Do We Say That? by Scott Matthews

101 Idioms, Phrases, Sayings & Facts! A Brief History On Where They Come From!

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20. Dec 2022
Why Do We Say That? by Scott Matthews

Why Do We Say That? 101 Idioms, Phrases, Sayings & Facts! A Brief History On Where They Come From! written by Scott Matthews.

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Why do you “call shotgun” when you want the front passenger seat? What does “letting the cat out of the bag” have to do with divulging secrets? Why do you ask people to “cut to the chase”? Why do you hear all those juicy rumors “through the grapevine”?

Like many people, you’ve probably used idioms or phrases like these without giving them a second thought. But if you were to take a moment to step back and learn about them you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the mesmerizing and sometimes outright bizarre origins to these fun sayings! Download full PDF - Click Here

In Why Do We Say That, we have curated 101 of the most regularly used idioms, proverbs, turns of phrases, and colloquial terms that have the most fascinating backstories. For each phrase, we explain how it was coined, how its use evolved through the ages, and how it gained its contemporary use. Download PDF

Inside you will discover:

  • What the sanitary conditions of 17th century London have to do with its “raining cats and dogs” today.
  • What taking things “with a grain of salt” has to do with an ancient remedy for poison.
  • What Southeast Asian warrior traditions have to do with the term “to run amuck.”
  • Why “to break a leg” became something worth aspiring to in the Elizabethan theaters.
  • And many, many more!


About the Author -

Geologist Scott Matthews is also the creator of the "Amazing World Facts" book series. His Ukrainian immigrant parents gave birth to him in Brooklyn, New York, although he was raised in North Carolina. Scott completed his studies at Duke University and received a Geology and History degree. His studies gave him the freedom to explore the world, and through his many encounters, he saw and learned wonderful information. His best-selling books "Random, Interesting and Fun Facts You Need To Know" were written using the large amount of fascinating material he had gathered. 

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