‘like watching paint dry’

USA, 1959—‘like watching paint dry’ or ‘as —— as watching paint dry’:used to denote an extremely dull activity or experience

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the origin of ‘spud’ (potato)

The noun ‘spud’, originally the name for the digging implement used to dig up potatoes, was applied to the latter in the 19th century.

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origin of ‘simon-pure’

1790—from the name of a Quaker who must prove his identity against an impostor’s claims in ‘A Bold Stroke for a Wife’ (1718), a comedy by Susanna Centlivre

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the British use of ‘dole’

(British) benefit paid by the state to the unemployed (1919)—from Middle-English sense ‘food or money given in charity’—from primary sense ‘portion’, ‘share’

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the story of the two Big Bens

The Great Bell in the Parliament clock tower in London was named after Benjamin Hall, who, as First Commissioner of Works and Public Buildings, oversaw its installation in 1856.

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meaning and origin of ‘all Sir Garnet’

‘all Sir Garnet’ (late 19th cent.): highly satisfactory – from the name of Sir Garnet Wolseley (1833-1913), who conducted successful military expeditions

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