History of words and phrases

Scofflaw: An unusual word as it was invented by a contest for a word for people who disrespected the law during the Prohibition era of 1923.

See red: A belief that a bull will run amok on seeing a red flag. Tests show that a simple white cloth will enrage a bull quicker.

Haberdasher: Nowadays it means a small store selling menswear.  The most famous was Harry Truman. It originated from a Norman/French word for people who sold cloth, ribbons and needles in the Middle Ages.

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