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Metafilter: The Great Indoors

What is the origin of the phrase, "the great outdoors?"
posted by michaelh on May 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Did MetaFilter Invent "Plo Chops"?

Did the term "plo chops" originate on MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Concealer recommendations needed

So they discontinued my go-to concealer, and now I need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by stillnocturnal on Mar 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Who was the first singer or band to use the "_____ verse, same as the first" gimmick?

Who was the first singer or band to use the "_____ verse, same as the first" gimmick? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata on Feb 9, 2012 - 11 answers

we're gonna need more than meat and potatoes

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 - 5 answers

Low carb friendly restaurants near Columbus Convention Center -

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 - 7 answers

Oh, it's THAT song!

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 - 35 answers

So, so?

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 - 22 answers

What's the original source of the phrase "Wake up, white people" ?

What's the original source of the phrase "Wake up, white people" ? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Wow, children do weird things

What is the origin of "Mama had a baby and her head popped off"? [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Jan 20, 2010 - 30 answers

Why are writers people that wad ruled paper?

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 - 12 answers

How can I recognise more languages?

How can I recognise more languages? How can I recognise where people come from? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jun 13, 2009 - 17 answers

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]
posted by niles on Mar 30, 2009 - 23 answers

Quote about roses and thorns

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 - 3 answers

Great seats at a bad show

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 - 3 answers

You entitled kids get off my lawn!

What's the origin of the phrase "special (little) snowflake?" [more inside]
posted by dw on Oct 5, 2007 - 19 answers

The hunter should probably give credit where credit is due

What is the origin of the term MILF? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Aug 18, 2006 - 25 answers

Words for where you're from

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 - 76 answers

Wherever we go, there we are, but where from?

What is the origin of the saying "Wherever we go, there we are"? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 13, 2006 - 35 answers

Finish this joke: "A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister Walk Into a Bar..."

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]
posted by TonyRobots on May 7, 2006 - 31 answers

Where does "for those of you following along at home" come from?

What's the origin of the phrase "For those of you [playing/following/scoring] along at home?" [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Apr 28, 2006 - 23 answers

Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin?

Is there a word like widow or widower to describe a surviving twin? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Oct 22, 2005 - 12 answers

Where does the phrase "X, Y, Z Oh my!" come from

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 - 5 answers

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