History of words and phrases

Chic: The word denotes an outfit, object or place that exudes sophistication and style. From the German (not French) word "schick," meaning fashionable.

Clean 'round the bend: Completely crazy or eccentric. Said to be an old naval term for anybody who is mad.

Pass the acid test:  Someone or something that has been subjected to a conclusive test. From the gold rush era as a method of testing for real gold.

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