Believe it or not, this phrase was successfully used for selling mouthwash. How did they come up with this? At that time a woman should be settled down at 25 and it was a tragedy and a curse on the woman’s shoulders. There were many unmarried women and it was unbelievable. This phrase is guessing that some women remain single because they have bad breath. Assuming this, Listerine, their mouthwash would save a woman’s love life.
There was a time when people had a greatly cruel hobby. Hunting was a major sport and people would often go to hunting expeditions using trained dogs to catch easier the prey. Of course, dogs were not always right when they would bark up at a tree to indicate that there’s the object of the hunt.
It was thought that having healthy and strong relationships with those around you who might help you develop a brilliant career is being ‘on a good footing’. There is a second possible meaning saying that those who have big feet are going to be lucky in life, therefore ‘on a good footing’.
This phrase comes from the hunting chapter, again. It is used to express a person’s inability to get to the point. When hunting boars the dogs were very much afraid because these ferocious animals would hide in the bushes therefore the dog couldn’t safely chase the boar.
If someone ‘bites the bullet’ fearless and without hesitation than he is highly courageous and wild at heart. This phrase comes from a dangerous army practice in the 1850ss when soldiers would teach and challenge each other to bite a bullet before shooting a fire for the gunpowder to light up in air.
It was a cold winter day and a freezing traveler was blowing on his stiff fingers. A Satyr came close to him and asked what was he doing and the man explained that he is warming his fingers with his breath. When the Satyr offered him a warm soup the man started blowing on the stew. This time, the satyr got angry and asked the man to leave his house because he won’t agree to share his food or become friends with someone who blows hot and cold with the same mouth.
‘Break a leg’ is commonly used behind the scenes before the actor gets on the stage. Saying to someone ‘Break a leg!’ is a form of wishing ‘good luck’ by using reverse psychology to the evil energies lying around.
Burying the hatchet means to make peace. Since there’s no more reason to fight, the hatchet is of no need so to prove this, it can be buried. For us is just a figure of speak ‘Let’s be friends, let’s bury the hatchet!’ but this phrase is based on actual practice of North American Indians.
When someone mindsets a goal and a time limit and succeeds, it means that he done things ‘by hook or by crook’.
When you have to make an impressive appearance it is said that you have to put your ‘best foot forward’. This phrase was based on the belief that one leg is uglier and weaker than the other one. Since we use our left part of the body we have the illusion that we have less power with that side which obviously turns the right side the good leg.