The Sinister Stories Behind Everyday Sayings

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1. “Saved by the Bell”: In the past, people were often afraid of falling into a coma or a deep sleep and being mistaken for dead. 

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2. “Giving the Cold Shoulder”: In medieval England, unwanted guests were not-so-subtly encouraged.

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3. “Caught Red-Handed”: The phrase “caught red-handed” refers to being caught in the act of committing a crime or doing.

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4. Raining Cats & Dogs”: One popular theory suggests that this phrase comes from old England.

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5. “Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed”: This is an expression that has its roots in ancient superstition.

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6. “Butter Someone Up”: To “butter someone up” means to flatter or praise them.

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7. “Meeting a Deadline”: The term “deadline” has a grim history that dates back to the American Civil War. 

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8. “Crocodile Tears”: In medieval times, people believed that crocodiles wept while eating their prey.

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9. “The Last Straw”: The concept of the “last straw” can be traced back to ancient Greek and Arabic proverbs.

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10. “White Elephant”: This phrase has its origins in ancient Siam (now Thailand).

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