What is the origin of the phrase, "the great outdoors?"
posted by michaelh
on May 8, 2014 -
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]
posted by NoraReed
on Jan 13, 2012 -
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]
posted by needlegrrl
on Jun 10, 2011 -
What are some melodies or samples that everyone recognizes but most people don't know the origin of? [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Apr 25, 2011 -
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]
posted by unSane
on Mar 31, 2011 -
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]
posted by voronoi
on Dec 16, 2009 -
How can I recognise more languages? How can I recognise where people come from? [more inside]
posted by devnull
on Jun 13, 2009 -
Linguistics-Filter: Can you help me figure out the pop-culture origins of the term "creep"/"creeper" (referring to an unsavory character)? [more inside]
posted by niles
on Mar 30, 2009 -
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?
posted by Brzht
on Jan 21, 2009 -
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?
posted by Brzht
on Jan 13, 2009 -
What's the origin of the phrase "special (little) snowflake?" [more inside]
posted by dw
on Oct 5, 2007 -
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]
posted by poweredbybeard
on Aug 8, 2006 -
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.
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName
on Feb 16, 2005 -