Friday, 16 December 2016

Meaning?- 3

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Bugger

Bugger
Some people call a person that annoys them a "bugger," but they might not realize the phrase goes back to the ancient French term for a sect of Bulgarians known as the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy. In other words, when you call someone a bugger, you're saying they're a Bulgarian sodomite. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Photo)



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Selling Someone Down the River

Selling Someone Down the River
This phrase is a literal reference to selling misbehaving slaves to other plantations further down the Mississippi. The first known use of the phrase is from 1837 and states, "One man, in Franklin County has lately realized thirty thousand dollars, in a speculation on slaves, which ho bought in Virginia, and sold down the river." (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)



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Cretin

Cretin
While "cretin" usually is used to mean someone is stupid, the term is adapted from cretinism, a congenital thyroid disease that causes stunted physical and mental growth. (Source)



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Gyp

Gyp
When most people say they were "gypped," they never think of either traveling gypsies or the Romani people, but it's easy to see that it was inspired by the word "gypsy." It means "cheated," and gypsies have been stereotyped as thieves and criminals over the centuries. (Source | Photo)

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