History of words and phrases
Put lipstick on a pig: A term used to describe a weak attempt to deceive people by trying to make an ugly person or thing appear attractive.
Rub salt into the wound: To increase someone's pain or shame. It came from the custom of errant sailors who were flogged on the bare back, and afterward salt was rubbed into the wounds.
Blind alley: A gate or opening in a wall at one time was called an "eye." So an alley with no opening at the end was called "blind."