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Why Did I Say That?
Idioms and Proverbs
"There are many idioms and phrases we use every day without fully understanding their initial meaning or origin. Do this quiz and you will be able to answer the question, 'Why did I say that?'"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
"Alive and kicking" means alert and active. Where did the phrase originate?
From horses who will kick when frisky
From being kicked by a tantruming child
From the kick from a strong drink
From fresh fish flapping in fishmonger's carts
Alice blue is a lovely pale blue color. Where did the name come from?
From Alice in Wonderland
From President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Alice
From the color favored by American Romantic artist Alice Ball
From the flower alyssum or sweet Alice
To have a rough or traumatic initiation into something is called a "baptism of fire". Where did the phrase originate?
From exposure to gunfire in battle
From a chef's first dish
A reference to the fire of the Holy Spirit
From a fire fighter's first day at work
To bravely face an adversary is to "beard the lion in his den." Where did this phrase originate?
From two Biblical stories
From the story of Androcles and the lion
From Aesop's fable about the lion and the mouse.
From an incident at Central Park Zoo
To treat someone in an unfair and an unjust way is to hit them "below the belt". Where did the phrase originate?
From the traditions of medieval jousting
From a reference to the constellation Orion's belt
From Elizabethan dress code
From the rules of boxing
To "bet your bottom dollar" is to bet all you have. Where did the phrase originate?
From Ancient Greek tax collecting lists
From the bottom of your pockets
From a pile of lottery tickets
If you are in a seemingly impossible predicament you are stuck between the "devil and the deep blue sea". Where did the phrase originate?
From the navy - referring to planks on a ship's deck
From a popular nineteenth century "penny dreadful'
From the Bible
A geographical term - from the Devil's Marbles
An important person is a "big wig". Where did the phrase originate?
From the headwear of nobles and judges in the 18th century
From the insect, the earwig
From the wigs of important actors in Restoration comedy
From a tradional English nursery rhyme
If you are cast out or ostracized by a group you are said to be "black balled". From what did the phrase originate?
From a ritual used in Aztec sacrifice
From the black ball used in billiards
From the ballots used in 18th century men's clubs
From the black ball in lawn bowls
A person who is in disgrace is called a "black sheep". Where did the phrase originate?
From the problems farmers had with selling black wool
From the problems of mating black sheep
From a belief that black is the devil's color
From the rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep"
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