girl giving boy the cold shoulder

Where does the phrase, “giving me the cold shoulder,” originate?

Short answer: It was a mistranslation of a phrase from the Vulgate Bible.
mexican jumping beans

What are Mexican jumping beans and how do they jump?

Mexican jumping beans are actually seed pods from a Mexican shrub that have been implanted with larva from the Laspeyresia saltitans moth.
Fortnight

What is a fortnight?

The etymology of the word fortnight is rather bland. It’s short for “fourteen nights." More specifically, it comes from the Old English word, "fēowertīene niht,"...

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