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Today's blog - "Is that where that word came from?" - Idioms.
I was actually thinking about the one specific word the other day (Keel, or to Keel over) while watching a segment on the Costa Concordia cruise liner sinking. I never knew where this word came from, until I heard the news anchor saying that the ship Keeled over. At that moment, I nearly spit out my Coke. "Did he actually say keeled over? I just thought that was an urban word." So, because I ran across the same word on Page 137 of the Sonora book, I decided to share some other idioms with you.
Keel Over- to fall down suddenly because of illness or weakness.
Etymology: based on the idea of a boat that keels over (turns over) with its keel (bottom) up.
Roll with the Punches - Weather through tough times.
turning or shaping of objects(as on a lathe)
Heard through the Grapevine - via an informal contact.
Etymology: The wires utilized in America's first telegraph stations oftentimes swooped and draped in twisted, random patterns. Professionals and onlookers alike believed the tangled masses resembled grapevines.
Riding Shotgun - To sit in the front passenger seat of a motor-vehicle.
Etymology: The seat next to the driver of a stagecoach was reserved for an individual holding a shotgun to protect the vehicle's cargo from bandits.
Kick the Bucket - To die.
Etymology: Now-obsolite method of slautering animals for food. The wooden frame that was used to hang animals by their feet for slaughter was called a bucket. Not unnaturally, they were likely to struggle or to spasm after death and hence, "Kick the Bucket."