40 Everyday Phrases That Have Old Origin Stories

We have so many nifty little phrases that we use every day, and it can be hard to think that they weren’t always there. For example, has anyone ever asked where exactly the phrase “carpe diem” comes from? 

40 Everyday Phrases That Have Old Origin Stories. We have so many nifty little phrases that we use every day, it can be hard to think that they weren’t always there. For example, has anyone ever asked where exactly the phrase “carpe diem” comes from? We know it means “seize the day,” and it can be used to mean things like “grab the bull by the horns.” But how many people know that this Latin phrase came from book one of the Roman poet Horace’s work, Odes? We’re willing to bet not many.

Every language is filled with these little sayings and metaphors. You’ve probably used one very recently, if not today. “Hold your horses” is a super common phrase, but do you know where it originates from? This slideshow will talk about some of the most popular phrases in the English language. Get ready to discover what language these sayings come from, their origin story, and how we use it in everyday language in today’s time.

How many of these popular phrases do you use on a regular basis? It’s pretty normal to hear any of these sayings being quoted at the grocery store, at work, or even among family and friends. If you’ve ever heard these phrases—or used them yourself—let us know in the comments! Keep reading to learn more about 40 everyday phrases that have old origin stories.

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