History of words and phrases

Back to square one: This colloquialism means to start over again. It may have come from board games that, though bad luck, you had to move back to the starting point.


Gospel: It means "good news" from the Old English godspell.


Limey: Was originally a derogatory name for a British sailor. It came from the old practice of giving lime juice to the English ship crew to prevent scurvy.

Dave scullin

Writer.  Lives in Westlake, retired printing exec.

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