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DYK: Knock on wood comes from mythology

The phrase KNOCK ON WOOD – Traditionally, when you speak of your own good fortune, you follow up with a quick knock on a piece of wood to keep your luck from going bad.  Before Christianity and Islam, many pagan groups and other cultures—from Ireland to India to elsewhere in the world—worshipped or mythologized trees. Some peoples […]

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DYK: Chew the fat could have several meanings

Chew the Fat -Today this means to have a long friendly conversation with someone. This idiom has several possible sources as listed below. It is not clear which one is accurate. Sailors, while of resting and conversing would chew on salt-hardened fat. It has even been suggested that the phrase is derived from a practice […]