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The very tool we use to communicate urban legends to each other — language — is itself a source of folklore. A number of the words and phrases in use today have interesting origins that have almost become obscured in the mists of time. Equally, our sense of romance leads us to invent unusual origins for commonplace words rather than be satisfied with their mundane beginnings.
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Book, Money, Person
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Here’s my two cents” in the sense of airing an unsolicited opinion dates only to the mid-1920s, and likely began in the U.S.
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What Is the History of the Middle Finger?
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Clothing, Apparel, Person
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A golfer putting at the Hazeltine National Golf Course during the 2002 PGA Championship.
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Wood, Furniture, Table
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holy smoke
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A small gun on a table.
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