By Judy Parkinson

ISBN-10: 1606521713

ISBN-13: 9781606521717

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The pupil of the eye has long been referred to as the “apple” because it is perfectly round and was originally thought to be solid. Because sight is so precious, someone who was called this as an endearment was similarly precious, with the result that the phrase took on the figurative sense we still retain. The Bible employs the phrase many times, including: Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings. Psalms 17:8 Examples of the saying’s use can also be found in the works of King Alfred, dating from the end of the ninth century.

Said my mother. ” Today both words are commonly employed separately in a slang or vulgar context. “Bull” is used as in “what a load of bull,” politely avoiding saying the word “bullshit,” while “cock” speaks for itself. A Scottish satire or lampooning story is known as a “cockalane,” which is taken directly from the French phrase of the same meaning as “cock and bull”: coq et l’âne (cock and ass, donkey or fool). COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE THE BALLS OFF A BRASS MONKEY This means that the weather is extremely cold, and although the expression sounds delightfully vulgar, it was not in fact originally a reference to monkeys’ testicles.

Today both words are commonly employed separately in a slang or vulgar context. “Bull” is used as in “what a load of bull,” politely avoiding saying the word “bullshit,” while “cock” speaks for itself. A Scottish satire or lampooning story is known as a “cockalane,” which is taken directly from the French phrase of the same meaning as “cock and bull”: coq et l’âne (cock and ass, donkey or fool). COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE THE BALLS OFF A BRASS MONKEY This means that the weather is extremely cold, and although the expression sounds delightfully vulgar, it was not in fact originally a reference to monkeys’ testicles.

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