What is the origin of the phrase, "the great outdoors?"
Did the term "plo chops" originate on MetaFilter? [more inside]
So they discontinued my go-to concealer, and now I need some suggestions. [more inside]
Who was the first singer or band to use the "_____ verse, same as the first" gimmick? [more inside]
What is the origin of pairing hamburgers with French fries/chips? I'm finding stories about the origin of burgers and the origin of fries but nothing about why they're usually paired together. [more inside]
Headed to Columbus for Origins, and trying to stick to the 4 Hour Body diet (essentially low carb, no dairy other than butter & eggs, no sugar, fruit, etc) - any suggestions on places we could eat near Greater Columbus Convention Center? [more inside]
What are some melodies or samples that everyone recognizes but most people don't know the origin of? [more inside]
So, is the use of 'so' as an interjection to begin a sentence (see also: 'well', 'listen', 'hear ye!') a recent coinage? If so, what are its origins? [more inside]
What's the original source of the phrase "Wake up, white people" ? [more inside]
What is the origin of "Mama had a baby and her head popped off"? [more inside]
What's the origin of the image of the frustrated writer? You know this character - crumpling his drafts into little balls and throwing them in the wastepaper basket, or staring endlessly at a blank page. What are some really early appearances of this image? [more inside]
How can I recognise more languages? How can I recognise where people come from? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out the pop-culture origins of the term "creep"/"creeper" (referring to an unsavory character)?
Linguistics-Filter: Can you help me figure out the pop-culture origins of the term "creep"/"creeper" (referring to an unsavory character)? [more inside]
Looking for a quote about sensitivity -- something like "Only those who suffer the prick of the thorn can appreciate the beauty of the rose." Anybody know?
Have you ever heard the expression "Great seats at a bad show" or "Great tickets for a bad show" or something like that? Do you remember where you heard it?
What's the origin of the phrase "special (little) snowflake?" [more inside]
What is the origin of the term MILF? [more inside]
LanguageFilter: Cypriot. Cairene. Dubliner. These are beautiful, and I'd like more. Name some favourite or exotic words denoting city of origin or residence. And what is the word for this type of word? [more inside]
Does anyone actually know a joke that starts: "So a Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister Walk Into a Bar..."? Or is it just a meta-joke? [more inside]
What's the origin of the phrase "For those of you [playing/following/scoring] along at home?" [more inside]
Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin? [more inside]
Where does the phrase "X, Y, Z Oh my!" come from? I read it all over the web, but I don't get the reference.