Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Interesting origin of certain idioms

The phrase "cut to the chase" originated with the movable type for the printing presses. The letters were aranged in a wooden frame called the phrase. On the box were metal 'coins' that tightened the frame and held the type in place. When a phrase was completed the term "to coin a phrase" came about. The completed phrases were put together in a larger frame called the chase. Once the phrases were finished it was time to cut to the chase. Which means that the type was ready to be printed.

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