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"You have seen horses throw up in front of the pharmacy"

Whoever claims that wants to express that he has already experienced the almost impossible. In order to emphasize the rarity value, I would also like to emphasize that the mount vomited "in front of the pharmacy". The comparison with horse anatomy is entirely appropriate. Horses have a very strong sphincter at the stomach entrance, which prevents the backflow of food particles and digestive juices from the stomach. In addition, the transition from the esophagus to the stomach has another special feature: the esophagus opens at a relatively slanting angle, so that it is also enclosed over a certain length by the muscle layer of the stomach. This additionally strengthens the function of the sphincter muscle. For protection
Before vomiting, the size of the horse's stomach also contributes: with a volume of up to 15 liters, it is relatively small in relation to body size. Usually, spitting is triggered by the muscles of the abdomen and diaphragm. They contract and put pressure on the stomach. which then empties. Since the horse's small stomach does not reach the lower abdominal wall, not enough pressure can be built up. The only exception is serious illness. If the horse is extremely weak, the stomach sphincter relaxes and the animal vomits. This is a serious warning sign because it often points to a serious illness of the horse which can lead to the death of the animal.


Something "to master from the ff"

The expression "understanding something inside out, mastering" is known as a synonym for "being able to do something thoroughly". The most likely explanation for the origin is that the idiom is of legal origin. In the Middle Ages and in the early modern period, jurists marked their quotes from the Pandects (the collection of the old juristic law Corpus iuris civilis) with "ff". Actually, the pandect quotes with the Greek letter pi (n) must be identified. But: Because the "pi" was often spelled incorrectly, i.e. the vertical lines went beyond the crossbar of the letter, it looked like an "ff". Because of this misunderstanding, the large legal collection was always quoted with "ff". The more often a lawyer incorporated "ff" into his texts, the more learned he was. To master something from the "ff" got the meaning: to do something with thoroughness and skill.



"... keep your fingers crossed"

In the Middle Ages, hands that were ticked off from those who had been cut off to death were sold as good luck charms. Poor people only bought the thumb.


Knock on wood

Those who brag about their luck attracts evil spirits. To drive them away one should make noise - so knock on wood.


"Trick 17"

The term stands for original, surprising and sometimes not entirely kosher solutions to a problem. Some linguists explain its origins with the English card game "Whist", the forerunner of "Bridge". That's for sure: At least the word "Trick" demonstrably comes from this card game, which was popular as early as the 16th century. The four players in a whist game refer to each trick from the sixth onwards as "Trick". In the 19th century, whist was also played in Germany and the term trick found its way into everyday language. But why the addition 17? Allegedly there was a whist variant in which a particularly savvy player had a maximum of 17 tricks - that is »Trick 17« - could get hold of. Much nicer, but no longer provable, is another explanation: At the beginning of the 20th century, a certain Carlos Luminoso fascinated the public with his magic. Allegedly, the magician, who died in 1924, left a detailed description of his 17 best sorceries for posterity. His masterpiece should be on the last pages, »Trick 17«to be revealed. But precisely these pages were torn out - with what Trick 17 remained unexplained and became a metaphor for unpredictable ideas or solutions.


Why are they called older men "old crackers "?

Not because the old bones are cracking. The phrase probably has a very practical background. Linguists attribute it to the manufacture of linen. In rural households, farmhands who were no longer strong enough for field work had to take over the reeling of the flax, among other things. They wound the flax onto the reel in order to make strands out of it and to measure its length. So that you don't get it wrong with the monotonous work regarding the length ("get tangled"), an auxiliary mechanism was installed in the reels: it produced a loud cracking after every 60 revolutions - the old men who made this monotonous noise for hours were called sometime "Geezer".


"...spoon out the soup that you have curled up "

In the Middle Ages, soup was very popular with the poor as a nutritious and inexpensive meal. If someone accidentally threw more chunks of bread into the soup than he could eat, he had no choice but to scoop it up - because for a poor farmer the soup was often the only warm meal of the day.
There are other sayings about the soup. If you don't want to eat your soup, you are a "Soup Kasper"; whoever comes to visit inconveniently at mealtime is "dropped in the soup"; and who someone "spits in the soup" or "the soup is too salty", prevents one another's plan. If you have a "Fly in the ointment" found something negative. To deal with this one has to "Pepper to the soup" do, so take courage.


Where does it come from "Newspaper Duck"?

Since the 17th century it was customary for documentaries to write the Latin »non testatum« (German: not confirmed) briefly to unconfirmed newspaper reports »N.t.« added to give scribes a guide in their research. This note was taken over by Anglo-Saxon journalists. They use the abbreviation »N.t.« (spoken in German »En-te«) also for »not true« or »not testified«. After the Second World War, this name became common in German newspapers due to the great influence of the Anglo-Saxon media.
The story provides two further explanations for the origin of the term.

  • The Brothers Grimm attribute the newspaper duck to Martin Luther, whom they quote in his criticism of Catholicism with the words: "So it finally comes to the point where the evangelii and its interpretation will again be preached by blaw ducks." The blue ducks were already a symbol of heresy with Luther.
  • Another interpretation of the term comes from France in the 19th century. There the duck, as an unreliable breeder, was associated with a lie by the term "thunder des canards" (Eng. "Giving ducks").


Why do you say "Raven Mother / Raven Father"

"Raven Mother" - this is the name of the woman who leaves the child and the cone to their fate in order to devote themselves to self-realization, neglected. The raven, which is used here as a symbol for insufficient parental love, has had its image problem since the Middle Ages. The night-black scavengers who supposedly spread the plague, the bad luck and gallows bird, who heralds war and death with his hoarse voice, were not very popular. In 1530 Konrad von Megenberg spreads the mistaken belief in his "Book of Nature" that the ravens throw their children out of the nest when they get tired of them. Obviously, this image of the mercilessly egotistical bird has burned itself into the people's soul to such an extent that the term still used today has developed from it. In early Christianity, however, they weren't particularly good at talking about ravens, because in the Old Testament Noah sends the bird, who is considered docile, to see whether the flood is over. But he does not come back, which is why the Bible readers then retrospectively reproach him for simply not taking care of Noah and the others and preferring to have a nice day on land - just like the bad mother, unscrupulous and addicted to pleasure. However, psychological studies have shown that children of so-called bad mothers become independent more quickly and do not at all emotionally wither.


Why do you read someone "the Levites"?

In the 8th century, the bishop and successor of Boniface, the holy Chrodegang of Metz wanted to exhort his clergy to a better life. The Old Testament with the third book of Moses served as the basis for his education, and also because of its regulations for the priests (Levites) "Leviticus" called. He had chapters from this text read aloud and then commented on them from the pulpit, often in eloquent sermons. This is how the saying came about "read someone the riot act". Even today, this phrase still means rebuking people.

"... tie up a bear" or "do a disservice"

Bears have always been a sensation, even when they were even more numerous than today in the forests. The shooting of a bear was therefore considered to be the greatest luck in hunting, and this is where one of the explanations for the phrase is rooted. It is quite possible that hunters often boasted that they had killed a bear when they had just run into a fox. The printout from "Tie up bears" in the sense of fooling around, fooling others, since 1663. However, many linguists suspect that it was originally not about the animal itself, but the old German word "Bar" for burden, burden, guilt, levy. Tying up a bear actually means: putting your own burden on someone, the origin of the expression is better documented in terms of linguistic history "do a disservice". It comes from the fable "The bear and the garden friend" by the French poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). It speaks of a helpful bear who befriends an old man and accidentally kills him with his giant paws when he tries to scare a fly out of his face.


"... that sounds Spanish to me"

Before Charles V (1519-1556) became German Emperor, he first inherited the throne on the Iberian Peninsula as the son of the Spanish Queen. As German emperor, he later introduced Spanish fashions and customs and also the court language that predominated there. The salutations "You", "You" or "Your Majesty" are Germanizations from Spanish. All of this seemed rather strange and surprising to the German subjects. The earliest literary evidence for the phrase is found in Grimmeishausens "Simplicissimus", the most important German novel of the 17th century. There it says about a Croatian colonel: "Everything about this gentleman seemed repulsive and almost Spanish to me."



Why do we say "scalded" - "boiled out" -

Originally, the term had nothing to do with hot water or boiling sausages. It comes from the 16th century and is derived from "brü (d) en" What "To have sex" or. "deflower" means. As early as the end of the Middle Ages, the term was used in a figurative sense: Anyone who has lost their innocence is boiled down. The actual origin of the word has been forgotten over time and has been associated with broths. Also the term "cooked out" does not originally come from the kitchen. He goes to the Yiddish word "kochem" that stands for clever, shrewd.


Why do we say "Insulted liverwurst" ?

Like the blood sausage, the liver sausage was already known in ancient times. The ancient Romans in particular were keen sausage eaters. The root of the phrase that is still used today lies in antiquity; "insulted liverwurst" . In ancient medicine and well into the Renaissance, the liver was considered the seat of emotions. Other expressions also testify to this: This is how a courageous person speaks "free from the liver"who is annoyed "a louse ran over the liver". And if you can't get out of your pout, you have "a feeling of congestion in the liver".


Where does the expression come from "... A book with seven seals"?

The figure of speech "A book with seven seals" goes back to the Bible. In the Revelation of John 5: 1 the Lamb receives an enigmatic book: "And I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a book ... sealed with seven seals." The expression is still used today when something remains unclear and incomprehensible.


Where does the expression come from "Gossip"

There is nothing people prefer to do - almost nothing - than clap and gossip. That has probably always been the case. The concept of clapping could come from the 16th century. At that time the women at the washing bays washed offensive stains from the laundry with widely resounding, "clapping" blows and speculated with relish about their origin. Rumors of adultery, illegitimate pregnancies, and abortions did not only spread from the washplaces. In the sewing rooms, too, the women "mended" their fellow human beings. Luther vehemently railed against "washing with the mouth". His alternative: Anyone who knew about the sins of other people should rather inform the pastor or the mayor. But: The lust for gossip cannot be overcome. And the word gossip, in addition to its original meaning bang, bang and blow, was given another meaning that is still valid today: chat, gossip, smaltalk.


Why are we talking about "Egg of Columbus" ?

This phrase goes back to an anecdote by the writer Girolamo Benzoni, which he tells in his "History of the New World" (1565):
When Columbus returned to Palos, Spain, from his first trip to America, he was invited by Cardinal Nendoza. At the table, the guests expressed disdain for the admiral's achievements. His discoveries weren't that difficult to master. Columbus was outraged. He grabbed an egg and asked the dinner party to bring it to stand on one of its two tips. When no one succeeded in this feat, Columbus took the egg and hit one end of it on the table so hard that it broke, but stood. A brilliant idea that nobody had come up with before. Just like his idea of ​​reaching India not by the dangerous route via Africa, but by sea to the west. Except that he had not landed in India, but had reached the New World.


just like that "08/15"

"08/15" stands for a light machine gun of the model series 08, which was introduced in Germany in 1915 and was in use by the Wehrmacht until the end of the Second World War. It was standard equipment. Everyone knew what "08/15" meant: an ordinary machine gun manufactured in large numbers. If that's why today "08/15" say, we don't mean the weapon, but everything that is not exactly characterized by individuality. The term is synonymous with something unspectacular.


.... the expression "Something went through my fingers"

In the past, driven hunts were held. To make the hunt easier for the nobles / rulers, linen cloths were stretched. (Like a clothesline) Then the animals were cornered. And since such a barricade was usually a dead end for the poor beasts, you could kill them in peace. If an animal had fled through the linen, they said: "One thing (today: something) went through my fingers!"


When the performance "under all cannon" is

"Sub omni canone"This remark was used to evaluate the poor performance of a student in the past. His work was below the canon (= yardstick). Today he would get a full six as a grade. That from the Latin testimony in the 19th century the wrong translation "under all cannon" was allegedly responsible for a Saxon senior teacher, of all people.He complained about the performance of his students, writing: "My grading group is one canon to five grades; unfortunately, most of the students' work is sub omni canone." So that even the dumbest of the class would understand, he joked "under all cannon" added. We still use this phrase today when we are annoyed about poor performance, especially by highly paid athletes.


Where does the expression come from "... I'm doing blue today" ?

The term goes back to the dyer's guild in the Middle Ages, who dyed wool, yarn or woven fabric blue in an elaborate process. Until the end of the 16th century, the wild herb supplied woad, a yellow flowering shrub, the only blue dye in Europe. In a lengthy process, the dyers turned the indigo pigment contained in this herb into a solution that stained clothing blue. The problem: indigo doesn't dissolve in water. In order to dye it, it had to be converted into a different chemical form. At that time you needed a large vat, the leaves of the woad - and many liters of urine to "vat" the dye, i.e. to make it soluble. When urine fouls, ammonia is formed, which was used for this purpose in its water-soluble form (ammonium hydroxide = ammonia). The dyers won the material in a very simple way: They drank a lot of beer, as it is well known that it "drifts" very well. Blue dyeing required fine weather and time. The substances were usually placed in the brownish-yellow broth for about twelve hours on Sundays. It then only had to be stirred every now and then and the evaporated urine replaced. But even now the fabrics weren't blue - they had just taken on the unsavory color of the broth. Indigo only oxidizes and changes its color when exposed to air. The dyers took the textiles out of the vat, hung them in the air and let the sun and oxygen do their work. So apart from the smell, dyeing blue was quite pleasant. The dyers worked outdoors in the sunshine and there was plenty to drink. Whenever the journeyman dyers lay in the sun next to their fabrics on Monday and waited very drunk for the result, everyone knew that the dye was being dyed blue.



Why is the money going "Whistle" ?

Bills rustle, coins jingle, this is music for some ears. But if it does "Flute goes", that means nothing pleasant. Originally, the phrase has nothing to do with music. According to one theory, it goes back to the Hebrew word "peluta", which means "to escape". The word is used in connection with swindlers who escape So when the money disappears, goes flute, then quietly and secretly like a criminal in a night and fog. According to another theory, the term may come from the Low German word "fleeten, which means" to flow "or" to let water "that Money flows like running water between our fingers - sometimes we really have the impression that we have won, that has melted away.



Where does the expression come from "my dear swan"

He comes to us full of astonishment and sometimes with a softly mocking undertone "Dear swan" over the lips when, for example, the neighbor suddenly drives a Porsche or the aunt is planning to climb the Himalayas. So mostly when other people astound us with something. The Knight of the Grail Lohengrin in Richard Wagner's opera of the same name from 1847 means the expression rather tenderly. With the sentence: "Thank you, my dear swan!" In the first act he says goodbye to the swan who is pulling his ship across the scabbard to Antwerp. There Lohengrin fights for the noble lady Elsa von Brabant and defeats her tormentor, Count Telramund. He wanted to attribute the murder of her missing brother Gottfried to Elsa. Lohengrin marries Elsa on the condition that she never ask him where he comes from. But Elsa breaks the oath, and the knight of the grail is no longer allowed to linger among the people. At Lohengrin's departure, however, something amazing happens: Be "Dear swan" turns into Gottfried von Brabant Elsa's brother, believed dead - my dear swan.



Why do you call bad news "Bad news" ?

It is said of Job that he was righteous and godly and probably very rich. But the pious man is a thorn in the side of Satan. This is why Satan goes to God and claims that if everything were taken away from him, Job would turn away. Satan is then given permission to test Job. Shortly one after the other, messengers come to Job and report that his cattle were stolen, the servants killed, his flocks of sheep perished in a fire and the camels stolen by enemies. And finally, that all his children are buried under a collapsing house (Job 1: 13-19). But Job the righteous turns in spite of all these "Bad news" not from God.



.... the expression "Step up a gear!" ?

In the past, food was traditionally made over the fire. Everyone knows this "swivel grill" with the three legs that you put over the fire. In order to be able to regulate the temperature somewhat, the grill grate was attached to a chain, which could be adjusted as desired, so that the grill grate was either closer to the flame or higher up. This chain in question was attached to one of the legs on small prongs / teeth. Did it take too long "you put a tooth up", in other words: hook the chain a tooth further up, and it went faster.



Where did the Rhenish expression come from "fringing" (steal) comes

Joseph Frings German Catholic theologian was Archbishop of Cologne from 1942 to 1969. During this time, his New Year's Eve sermon from 1946 made him particularly popular. In it he supported those who got briquettes and coke from the coal trains of the Allies. Morally justified theft out of necessity is high in Cologne today "Fringsen" called. He was one of the founders of the Catholic charities "Misereor" and "Adveniat".



Why Engl. police officers "Bobbies" to be named

Its name, still in use today, as"Bobbies" alludes to the first name of Sir Robert Peel. He was Secretary of the Interior of Great Britain from 1822 to 1830. During this time he reformed the London police, including the introduction of unarmed police patrols.



Why the Indians "Redskin" to be named

No ... not wrong because of their pile color! Depending on where you are and where you come from, your skin color tends to go from yellowish to brown, rarely or never reddish. The name arose from the custom of many Indians to paint the face and / or body red during war.



Who said first "Money doesn't stink" ?

Vespasian + 6/24/0079 - the Roman Emperor from 69-79. His domestic policy was mainly characterized by the reorganization of the army, thrift and rigorous tax policy. Among other things, he introduced the so-called "urine tax". With this he drew the resentment of the Roman wool washers who needed the urine to dye and fix their wool. The wool washers complained that this tax would stink. Vespasian allegedly replied with the legendary phrase: "Pecunia non olet" - money doesn't stink.



Someone "to fire"

Ancient tribes who wanted to get rid of an inconvenient member of the community without killing him simply set their house on fire and burned all of their belongings. He was "fired"



... What "to have a hard time"

A notch, (also Notch stick, Counting stick, Counting stick) is an early and medieval counting list; it was mostly used to document bilateral obligations in a forgery-proof manner. A suitable long board or stick was marked with symbols. The stick was then split lengthways so that debtors and creditors each found half of the incised mark on their half of the stick documented. When they were put back together, it was clear whether the two halves belonged together or whether one half had been manipulated afterwards. In addition to wood, bones, for example, have been used since the Paleolithic. On a certain date (payday) the notch was presented, compared with its counterpart and the debtor asked to pay. At the time of the Middle Ages in a Europe that was largely ignorant of writing and poor coins, the cinder block was in use from the 10th to 12th centuries. The notch was used as evidence in medieval courts. In the Alpine countries, the kerbstock was still used in the 20th century - especially in alpine and alpine farming. The idiom that is still used today is derived from this counting and accounting technique "Have something wrong with it" here. It literally means “to have debts” and transfer something like "Have been guilty".


"... I know what to expect from that lot"

Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim (* June 6, 1594) - Commander of a cavalry regiment during the Thirty Years' War in the service of the Habsburg emperor. His cuirassier regiment named after him was one of the most famous cavalry units of this war. Founder of the common phrase "... I know what to expect from that lot" Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim was an extremely educated person. He was considered impulsive, but at the same time fearless and reliable. The determination of his cavalry troops was eloquently recorded: "I know what to expect from that lot!" This saying was originally meant to be positive. To be one of the Pappenheimer regiment back then stood for unconditional courage, loyalty and bravery. Today is the name "Pappenheimer" rather associated with the winking insight into human inadequacies. Friedrich Schiller used this sentence modified in his drama "Wallenstein's Death". He lets General Wallenstein say: "That's how I recognize my Pappenheimer." Wallenstein said this to a delegation of the Pappenheim cuirassiers who asked him whether the rumor that was circulating in the army about negotiations with the Swedish war opponent was true.


Where does the abbreviation come from OK.

The abbreviation "O. K. " goes back to the American presidential election campaign of 1840. Usually the candidates were given a nickname; Martin Van Buren, for example, was called "Old Kinderhook". In his honor, supporters founded the O. K. Club, and "O. K." as a slogan prevailed. Van Buren lost the election, but that "O. K. " began his triumphal march.



"Nothing is too difficult for the engineer"

Heinrich Seidel † November 7, 1906 - German engineer and writer. The famous saying “Nothing is too difficult for an engineer” was his motto and the first line of his Engineer song from 1871 according to the melody Krambambuli. There it says in the first verse:

Nothing is too difficult for the engineer:
He laughs and says: "If this doesn't work, you can!"
He overlooks the rivers and the seas;
He enjoys piercing the mountains unabashedly.
He piles the arches in the air
He's digging in the crypt as a mole!
No obstacle is too big for him
He's going to go!


What does the "V" mean in the undercover agent

A V- man is a confidante of the state, whereby the V does not stand for trust, but for it is an abbreviation for the Latin "Vigilant", which means vigilant or guardian. There is a clear difference between undercover agents and undercover agents. V- people are usually private individuals who belong to a criminal organization or an anti-state group and are willing to work for the police or other state authorities. Undercover investigators, on the other hand, are employees of the law enforcement authorities who are only smuggled underground for a certain period of time.


Why does the "X" stand for the unknown?

X-Files, Mister X, X Factor. The letter X not only stands for the unknown in mathematics, but now runs right across our lives. A historical language problem may have led to this. The word algebra comes from the Arabic "agabr" What "complementing" means and "Al - shee - bra" is pronounced. When Arabic mathematics reached Spain and thus Europe, the problem arose that there is no letter in Spanish that corresponds to the "sch" in order to write the word onomatopoeically correctly. So one used the "K" sound of the Greek letter "Chi", which looks almost like a Latin "X", in order to write the mathematical doctrine, which is opreed with the unknown, in Spaish. When mathematical teaching was translated from Spanish into Latin, the Greek "Chi" was replaced by the Latin letter "X". "X" stands for the unknown, because the Spaniards couldn't speak "Sch".


Why is it said, "No pig can read that"?

This saying goes back to the Swyn family in Schleswig. The family helped the farmers in the area, who were mostly illiterate at the time, to write letters and read and understand documents. If even the Swyn's couldn't decipher a letter, they said: "No Swyn can read that"


Why do we say "check off"

Even ancient Roman officials gave processed files and documents with the abbreviation "V", for Latin "vidi" = I have seen. The upward stroke was often longer than the beginning, which made the letter look like a hook. Medieval scribes then coined the term "tick off" for the term "insignia".


"..that doesn’t go on cow skin"

Three variants are used for the explanation.

In the Middle Ages the belief was widespread that the devil would write down all of a person's sins on animal skins. With great sinners, not even a cowhide was enough.

The second interpretation of origin describes the medieval custom of dragging criminals on a cow skin for execution.

The third interpretation goes back to a Greek legend: a chief promised the Phoenician princess Dido as much land as she could encompass with a cow skin. Whereupon the princess cut the cowhide into thin strips and put them together.


"... that's not worth a red penny"

Towards the end of the 13th century, the then Emperor Friedrich I had silver coins minted in the Imperial Mint Hall (today Schwäbisch Hall). After the mint they were in the Volkmund "Haller" later "Brighter" called. As silver became more and more expensive over the centuries, more and more copper was mixed with the coin alloy until it no longer contained silver in the 17th century and shone reddish instead of silver. This is how the saying came about that should clarify that you don't even want to pay for bad goods with an inferior reddish heller.


Why do we wish a "Happy New Year" for New Year's Eve?

Slipping into the New Year as smoothly as possible has nothing to do with it, especially since there is often snow and ice at this time of the year. Linguists are convinced that the happy new year has its origins in the Jewish New Year festival "Rosh Hashanah" (head of the year), which falls in late autumn. Over the centuries, in their opinion, the Germanization of the Yiddish "good Rosh" resulted in the "good slide".


"... put one's oar in"

A thousand years ago, chefs only had two spices to add spiciness to their dishes. Horseradish, which was in abundance, and the rare and expensive mustard. Other spices such as pepper or chilli were not yet known in the ancient world. When mustard became more affordable around 500 years ago, it was often used to mask the taste of spoiled food. This is how the statement "he adds his mustard to everything" was created for unnecessary comments that are not really helpful. Just as mustard cannot make spoiled fresh again.


How a woman becomes a "straw widow"

If a woman is temporarily alone because her husband is traveling, one speaks of a straw widow. According to the linguists, the origin of this name goes back to a sentence from the 1808 tragedy "Faust" by Johann Wolfgang von Göthe. There Marthe, the neighbor of Faust's lover Gretchen, says about her husband:"He goes straight into the world.And leaves me alone on the straw ". At that time, straw was also used as a term for the bed in which straw was used as a mattress. A woman who is temporarily alone in bed is called a straw widow.


"Montezuma's revenge" (joking term for diarrhea)

Since the conquest of the Aztec capital Tenochtitláns, where Montezuma finally died, was facilitated by the fact that many natives were sick with the smallpox disease introduced by the Europeans and, according to legend, Montezuma is said to have cast a curse shortly before his death that all invaders in his country would to feel his vengeance, one speaks of the diarrhea, which many tourists in Central America get sick from traveling, in such cases (jokingly) of "Montezuma's revenge“.     W. 


Why do you say "the same in green"?

It appears that the early automotive industry spawned this idiom. In 1924 the Opel Model 4 called the "Tree Frog" rolled off the production line. The open car was a copy of the successful yellow 5CV from Citroen. The most noticeable difference was the position of the steering wheel. The Citroen had the steering wheel on the left side at that time. The German Opel is the same as the French 5CV - just in green. Pictures: Citroen: Charles01 / Opel: Softeis

Another explanation: A drawing by Joseph Herrmannsdörfer (1867–1936) in Die Fliegende Blätter from 1903 shows a traveler at the ticket office who wants to buy a ticket to the same destination as the passenger in front of him holding a third class ticket. With the words “Same in Jrün!” He indicates that he would like to purchase a ticket (marked in green) for the more expensive second class. Color-coded tickets were available from the Austrian State Railways shortly after the regulation of 1854, which provided for the 1st to 3rd class wagons to be painted in color. In 1874 the Prussian State Railroad followed suit with a decree that provided for the same colors for cars and tickets as Austria: yellow for 1st class, green for 2nd class and brown for 3rd class.         W.


Why do we laugh "up our sleeves"?

100 years ago it was considered gross to laugh with your mouth open. People only laughed with a fan held in front of them, or they hid the laugh behind a hand. In this way, tooth gaps, rotten teeth and other aesthetic defects can be hidden. If you laughed into your clenched fist, you mostly hid malicious glee and could disguise this as a small coughing fit if necessary.


Why do we speak of "red numbers"

The merchants in the Middle Ages could have put a minus sign in front of the numbers to represent negative numbers. But they were considered the work of the devil. So the idea came up to write down the numbers in two columns, which, however, was very confusing. That is why the system of the monks was copied, who use large red initials for important passages when copying books.


Why do we only understand train station?

With the statement: "I only understand train station" we express that we do not understand something or cannot or do not want to understand something. It is believed that this phrase originated in the First World War. In Kreigs times, the station was synonymous with the longed-for return home. No matter what orders came, the soldiers just wanted to go back home and only understood the station.


"... don't eat cherries well"

As early as the 14th century it was said "It is not good to eat cherries with high-ranking gentlemen, they spit the stones in your face". A criticism of the arbitrariness and arrogance of the rich and powerful.


"To blame" someone for something

Already in the Bible, in Genesis, Joseph had his brother Benjamin put a silver cup in his sack to accuse him of theft. Among crooks, who used to spend the night mostly in hostels, it often happened that the stolen property was hidden in someone else's shoes during a search.


"... got on the dog"

This expression denotes the descent of a person. The phrase originally comes from mining. Who in the pit only the trolley, the so-called "Dog" was allowed to operate instead of working on the seam, got the lowest wages and was far below the reputation of his employees.


"... touch your own nose"

Those who like to talk about others are often admonished to touch their own nose. The connection between the grip on the nose and more insight goes back to the old German judiciary. In 1828 a symbolic sentence was imposed by the courts on those convicted of defamation. The condemned man had to pull his own nose in front of his judge.



Murphys Law - Edward Aloysius Murphy Jr.

Edward Aloysius Murphy Jr. † July 17, 1990 - American Air Force engineer who became world famous for formulating Murphy's Law. He was the oldest of five siblings. After attending school in New Jersey, he went to the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1940. In 1941 he successfully completed pilot training with the United States Army Air Corps. The engineer Captain Murphy took part in the US Air Force's rocket sled program at a California test site in 1949 to find out what accelerations the human body can withstand. In a very expensive experiment, 16 measuring sensors were attached to the test person's body. These sensors could be attached in two ways: the correct one and a 90 ° deviation from it. The experiment failed because someone wrongly connected all of the sensors. This experience led Murphy to formulate his law. The 'original version' read:

"If there are multiple ways to get a job done, and one of them ends in disaster or otherwise has undesirable consequences, someone will do just that."

A few days later Major John Stapp quoted this at a press conference. Natural and engineering scientists in particular have dealt with Murphy's law. In modern technology, it is used as a heuristic standard or as empirical knowledge for error avoidance strategies (including in IT and quality assurance - fail-safe principle, e.g. fail-safety through redundant systems) and puts the apparently funny "law" on a very serious one Base. The reduced version of the law "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"          W. 



"A picture is worth a thousand words"

On December 8, 1921, an advertisement with the slogan "One Look is Worth A Thousand Words" appears in the trade journal Printers' Ink. The ad promoted the use of images in advertising prints on trams. On March 10, 1927, a second advertisement appeared with the phrase "One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words". There it is claimed that it is a Chinese proverb. The book The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar Phrases quotes author Barnard who said he used the slogan as "a Chinese proverb for people to take it seriously." The metaphor describes the added value of images compared to text alone. It refers to the fact that complicated facts can often be explained very simply with a picture or a representation and a picture usually has a stronger impression on the viewer than a long text.  W.



The word Perfume derives from from lat. per fumum'(Through smoke) From the early use of incense is a mostly liquid mixture of alcohol and odoriferous substances, which is intended to generate pleasant smells.