Month: March 2019

throw a monkey wrench into

When you “throw a monkey wrench into” something, you’re sabotaging or frustrating a project or plans. For example, you might say, “My boss threw a monkey wrench into my plans for going away for the weekend when he said I’d have to work Saturday.”  There is a theory that the “monkey” in monkey wrench is a misspelling of the inventor’s…

since Hector was a pup

This phrase means, “a very long time ago.”  The expression became popular in the 1920s when many schoolboys studied Greek and named their dogs Hector after the Homeric hero. The phrase is now obsolete, though there are similar ones still in use. For example, in the US military, it’s apparently common to refer to a period in the distant past…

shit happens

“Shit happens” is a common vulgar slang phrase used as a simple observation that life is full of unpredictable and often unpleasant events. It’s an acknowledgment that bad things happen to people seemingly for no particular reason. The phrase was first observed in 1964 but wasn’t used in a print publication until 1983. The Oxford English Dictionary has this to say:…