Month: May 2022

that’s all she wrote

The phrase means that’s all there is, it’s finished, it’s over, the end. It originated in America, but the source is unknown. The popular explanation is that it’s the punch line of a tale about an American GI serving overseas in the second World War. The GI is supposed to have received a letter from his sweetheart. He reads it…

phony

“Phony” means fraudulent, intended to deceive or mislead, counterfeit. The word does not come from “funny business,” nor from telephone. The Oxford English Dictionary says that “phony” (British spelling “phoney”) is “probably a variant of fawney,” an old slang term for a finger ring. The OED says “fawney” comes from fáine, Irish for ring. The Irish probably brought the word…

up

The basic definition of “up” is “toward a higher place or position.” But it would be very difficult to define in all the ways it’s used: adverb, preposition, adjective, noun, or verb.      Examples of how we use “up”: —we wake up in the morning (and bed down at night) —we speak up (or talk down)       …