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Can You Rephrase That? - Part Deux
"Quite a few folks asked for a sequel to "Can You Rephrase That?", which was undertaken originally as an author's challenge. Here is the follow-up to the last quiz. Be sure to "think outside the box" and I hope you enjoy!"
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A tiger escaped from the zoo and threatened to enter a schoolyard. Luckily, the teachers who were on duty in the playground had just rounded all the children up and had entered the building. You might say that they all escaped harm by "the skin of their teeth." Since everyone knows that teeth don't have skin, where did this phrase originate from?
the works of William Shakespeare
a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
a novel by Pearl S. Buck
the book of Job in the Bible
If Uncle Jerry is diagnosed with diabetes, his doctor may prescribe insulin to treat the illness. What did "insulin" originally mean?
The baby was screaming loudly on the bus, so the young mother took out a bottle to feed him. He instantly and greedily began to nurse. From where do we get the word "bottle"?
Far East peasants
Northern (Viking) explorers
Near East herdsmen
Grandpa Jones has yet to use the internet, a cell phone or a DVD player. Aunt Susie says that he is just an old geezer and painfully "out of touch" with progress in this century. Where did this term originate?
military formations of the eighteenth century
late twentieth-century slang
The criminal claimed that, while he was "in the jug", he made a lot of new friends. While the quality of those so-called friends might be questionable, the real question here is: why did he refer to his stint in jail as being "in the jug"?
it is merely a slang term from America
it is from an old Scottish word meaning yoke
it is a word that prisoners made up
it is from a German word meaning drunken
Our team was elated that we won the championship. Our coach told us that he was proud that we had "made the grade." What was he alluding to when he made this statement?
orange grove tenders
high school test scores
the card game of Old Maids
The mystery novelist was notorious for throwing out "red herrings" in order to deceive her readers with false clues. Why a red herring? I mean, why not a green tomato or a white albacore tuna?
people trained their hounds with the smoke-cured fish
the first novelist to use this ploy was surnamed Herring
there really is no good reason; it was just handy
red because there is no such thing as red fish, and herring for luck
I was at a play last weekend and I heard a man tell his grown son that it was taboo to wish his wife well before her performance on stage. He told him it was better to say "break a leg" than to wish her good luck. This is an old superstition, but the word "taboo" is probably older. From which culture do we get this word?
My family and I went to eat at a fancy restaurant last night. The food, the ambiance and the wait staff were all excellent. My daughter, ever the curious one, asked me why they call such establishments by the name "restaurant". I confessed that I didn't know but I would try to find out. I did. What did I discover?
it was named for a Monsieur Ristoran
it was a term meaning to restore
it was an unusual name meaning a place of resistance
it developed from a word that applied to horse feeding stalls
While sleeping one night, I was rudely awakened when my leg stiffened up and cramped with a charley-horse. Who is the fine gentleman who offered his name for such a miserable experience?
King Charles the First
Charles the Conqueror
Charles Nelson Riley
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