Notre Dame du Port – Clermont Ferrand (France) To this day I suckle at the Lord’s Prayer like a child, and as an old man ...
Nowadays, lubber is short for landlubber, which designates a person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing. But the original meaning of lubber was a big, clumsy, stupid fellow, especially one who lives in idleness. According to an unconvincing etymology, this noun is from Old French lobeur, the agent of the verb lober, meaning […]
W. A. Bishop The ham is the part of the hindquarters of a pig or similar animal between the hock and the hip, hence, in cookery, the meat of this part, especially when salted or smoked. The comparison between large hands and hams (aided by the alliteration ham-hand) gave rise […]
Potash is an alkaline potassium compound, especially potassium carbonate or hydroxide. Potassium is the chemical element of atomic number 19, a soft silvery-white reactive metal of the alkali-metal group. Its symbol is K. Although, chemically, potassium is the basis of potash, etymologically, the former derives from the latter. The sense […]
Ned Buntline, Buffalo Bill Cody, Giuseppina Morlacchi, Texas Jack Omohundro 19th century The phrase keep your hair on means stay calm or be patient. It seems to be based on the image of pulling one’s hair out in exasperation, anger or frustration. However, it is worth noting that a contributor to Notes and Queries […]