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.
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Why is it called THE Ukraine and not just Ukraine?

When Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union (USSR), some Soviets referred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (UkSSR) as "the Ukraine." However, since...
Colonel

Why is the word colonel pronounced like it has an “r” in it?

The American word, colonel, was derived from the French word, coronel, through a process called dissimilation. In the 1500s, English borrowed a handful of military...
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Why are they called the Olympics?

The Olympics took its name from the Olympia sanctuary in Greece approximately 2,700 years ago. Olympia is located on the Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula. The...
eBay

How did eBay get its name?

eBay.com got its name from the company name, The Echo Bay Technology Company. Pierre Omidyar created the website AuctionWeb in 1995. AuctionWeb was the predecessor to...

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