‘Spick’ doesn’t mean ‘clean.’ And ‘span’ doesn’t mean ‘clean.’ So what’s going on here?
What is a placebo? Technically, a Latin phrase meaning ‘I will please.’ It’s also a Catholic prayer and a clever insult.
The origin of ‘towhead’ has roots in 14th-century England, when ‘tow’ often referred to textile fibers.
Attention neigh sayers: The idiom has little to do with playing with our food and more to do with equine diets.
The tongue-in-cheek—and superstitious—saying "break a leg" has several possible origins in the theater world.