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4902Re: [prbytes] XP - Phrase Origins

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  • Rob Frankel
    Feb 11, 2010
      At 11:35 AM -0800 1/28/10, Ned Barnett wrote thusly:
      >If you're a word-origin junkie like I am, you're going to love this site.
      >Warning - it will eat your mind for hours if you start browsing .

      I always love these sites, but be careful - they're not always right.
      The phrase "Over a barrel" is clearly wrong. The origin of that
      phrase originated when a target was in someone's gun site -- the
      target was "over a barrel" of a gun, not a wooden cask filled with
      anything like oil or pickles.


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