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Famous Quotations Started

Can any of you all share how some famous quotations were started?

Like: It will cost you an arm and a leg.

Or he got a square meal.

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 ---Nicole_Lacey on 7/11/19
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StrongAxe: Google doesn't measure truth. All it does is index web sites. You should look at many sources and make up your own mind to determine which are credible or not.//

Yes, I agree. That's why I am asking people on CN.

I got the 'It will cost you an arm and a leg' from someone else and his answer wasn't in Google.

I also want all kinds of answers from wise people on CN. Including you. :D

---Nicole_Lacey on 7/14/19


Google doesn't measure truth. All it does is index web sites. You should look at many sources and make up your own mind to determine which are credible or not. This is one reason I like Wikipedia, because on of their primary rules is that they are forbidden to source their own information. They are required to only quote information from other sources, which they include in the footnotes - so DON'T trust Wikipedia - just follow the articles they reference.
---StrongAxe on 7/13/19

Samuel, good ones.

Sure StrongAxe, but even Google makes mistakes, or has another version.

Square meals came from George Washington for his men in battle.

He demand enough food that filled up a square box.

I am sure everyone knows this one:

'Don't make me the scapegoat' came from the Bible:

'a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it (Lev. 16)'-- Online Dictionary
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/12/19

You can try entering each phrase into a search engine (like Google), in quotation marks. There are often plenty of sites that will explain the meaning and origin of such phrases.
---StrongAxe on 7/12/19

Cluny, could you tell us how those phases came about?

I heard that 'it cost you an arm and a leg' was from that most Painters couldn't draw digits well.

Only good one were capable so it cost more. Most paintings had only busts of people.

They said George Washington's whole body painting cost a lot.
---Nicole_Lacey on 7/12/19

Rule of thumb. I man could not beat his wife with a stick wider than his thumb.

Half cocked. When the old Musket was at half cocked it could not fire.

Flash in the pan also came from muskets. If the powder in the pan just flashed and didn't set off the gunpowder in the gun. It as a worthless result.

Have a nice weekend.
---Samuelbb7 on 7/12/19

There was a series of books about the origin of these sayings by either Wagnall or Funk (of the dictionary company).


Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/11/19

We're out of the woods

Out of difficulties, danger or trouble, as in We're through the worst of the recession-we're out of the woods now, or That pneumonia was serious, but Charles is finally out of the woods. This expression, alluding to having been lost in a forest, dates from Roman times, it was first recorded in English in 1792.
---JS1234 on 7/11/19

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