Tag Archives: Etymology

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!”

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!“ (The last one to jump into the water is a rotten egg.) As it relates to ducklings following their mother and taking the plunge for the first time. This etymological inquiry was inspired by … Continue reading

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The Bubbler Question

I did some considerable research about the bubbler question. It’s called a bubbler because that’s what it’s called. A bubbler is that part of a public drinking fountain that elevates the water so as to prevent one’s lips from coming … Continue reading

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The Elephant Pool

While watching this year’s Rose Parade I could have sworn I saw a small forward-facing video camera mounted atop a big bass drum. I thought perhaps it was attached to a small viewing screen and, like a rear-view camera, it … Continue reading

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Hot Buttons

I believe the expression “hot buttons” has its origins in military jargon. Those who would be most likely to know the true origin of this expression are army doctors, psychiatrists and especially, army chaplains. Psychiatric casualties are inevitable in war. … Continue reading

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