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  • I’ve got one – where does the phrase ‘skeleton crew’ come from. I know it means a really reduced workforce, but why?

    Thanks

  • I love all these phrases!! They do make the language so much colorful, and send your mind into an imagery trip.
    How about this one: “pay through the nose”???? Where does it come from?

  • I love all these phrases!! They do make the language so much more colorful, and send your mind into an imagery trip.
    How about this one: “pay through the nose”???? Where does it come from?

  • I know that one!

    It’s from Denmark and it’s about people not paying their taxes – if they didn’t pay, they had their noses split open (yuk!), so they literally ‘paid through the nose’!

  • I found it really interesting. I loved studying the origin of words at the university. There’s something I would like to know. One of my colleges told me that the word “knight” has a Vicking origin, as well as those words beginning by . My doubt is if that is true or not.

    Thank you very much for your help and for your interesting notes!!!