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  • What it means to "play it by ear"
    What does it mean when someone says, 'Let's play it by ear'?
    You have heard it said, and you have probably said it yourself. The phrase “let’s play it by ear” is used so much that most people don't take the time to think about its meaning. So what does it mean when someone suggests, ...
  • What is a red herring?
    What is a 'red herring'?
    You have probably heard the phrase "a red herring." Usually this phrase is used during police investigations or other questioning situations. We know a herring is a fish, but what is a red herring? And what does it have to do with...
  • Where did that come from?
    Where did that come from? volume #1
    Have you ever wondered where some of the things you regularly say originated?Interestingly, there are many words, phrases, and exclamations that have been around “forever,” but some actually originated hundreds of years ago!One example...
  • What is meant by 'pushing the envelope'?
    What is meant by 'pushing the envelope'?
    It might surprise you, but the expression "pushing the envelope" has nothing to do with an envelope that contains a letter.On the other hand, "pushing the envelope" is a military phrase used when a particular aircraft or system...
  • Misused phrases
    8 common misused phrases
    Many people say one thing but mean something completely different. When we speak using popular phrases, we often remember the context they’re used in but never actually break down the words to figure out what we’re really saying....
  • What is meant by 'Go big or go home'?
    What is meant by 'Go big or go home'?
    You have probably heard the expression, "Go big or go home" because a lot of people are saying it. You might have said it a few times yourself.Have you ever wondered what"Go big or go home"means?According to the Urban...
  • It is what it is
    It is what it is
    There is a phrase in the spirit community that is often heard everywhere. But, it has a different meaning for us. For everyone else in the world, "It is what it is" can have negative connotations. It means, "You're hosed. There&...