25 Common Sayings And Where They Came From

Posted by , Updated on August 28, 2017

Shares4.6kPin288

Do you know where some of our commons sayings come from? One that recently piqued my interest is “kick the bucket.” When I heard someone say this, I thought to myself: “What on earth does a bucket have to do with death?”. Do you know the answer? On today’s list, we are going to explore 25 common sayings and where they came from. I hope these sayings don’t “rub you the wrong way.”

Subscribe to List25
15

Go the Whole 9 Yards

15

Meaning: To try one’s best
History: World War II Fighter pilots received a 9-yard chain of ammunition. Therefore, when a pilot used all of his ammunition on one target, he gave it “the whole 9 yards.”

14

Jaywalker

14

Meaning: One who crosses the street in a reckless or illegal manner
History: Jay birds that traveled outside of the forest into urban areas often became confused and unaware of the potential dangers in the city – like traffic. Amused by their erratic behavior, people began using the term “Jaywalker” to describe someone who crossed the street irresponsibly.

13

Kick the Bucket

13

Meaning: To die
History: When a cow was killed at a slaughterhouse, a bucket was placed under it while it was positioned on a pulley. Sometimes the animal’s legs would kick during the adjustment of the rope and it would literally kick the bucket before being killed.

12

Let Your Hair Down

12

Meaning: To relax or be at ease
History: Parisian nobles risked condemnation from their peers if they appeared in public without an elaborate hairdo. Some of the more intricate styles required hours of work, so of course it was a relaxing ritual for these aristocrats to come home at the end of a long day and let their hair down.

11

More Than You Can Shake a Stick At

11

Meaning: Having more of something than you need
History: Farmers controlled their sheep by shaking their staffs to indicate where the animals should go. When farmers had more sheep than they could control, it was said they had “more than you can shake a stick at.”

SEE ALSO: 25 Most Expensive Things In The World »

NOW WATCH: 25 Amazing And Unique Things About Scotland

Subscribe to List25

Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans