#21 Across the Board

Do you like to do things across the board, make sweeping changes and reset everything? If so you might use this idiom a lot but where did it come from and why do we say it today when we mean to make complete changes?

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#20 Cut to the Chase

Do you like chase scenes in movies? Do you wish they would come more sooner. If so you might be the type of person who would use this idiom! What does it mean and where did it come from?

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#19 Jumping the Shark

This phrase doesn’t really make much sense unless you know the context. Why do people say Jump the shark? And what does this mean? Of course we’ll break it down on this week’s episode.

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#18 Trolling

This word has become popular with the internet culture. No you don’t want to be trolled or to be considered an internet troll, but trolling doesn’t come from those little trolls under a bridge. Where does it come from?

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#17 Gaslighting

What is gaslighting? It’s a term we’ve heard a lot of in recent years on the news, in politics and in the work place. It’s certainly a popular topic to discuss, but what is it?

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#16 Touch base

Everyone touches base these days. Whether calling on a mobile phone, texting, or just showing up in person, touching base is pretty common in the modern workplace but where did this expression come from?

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#15 Southpaw

If you are left handed I’m certain that you’ve been called a southpaw. This word has even entered into different languages. But why would southpaw come to mean left handed. Here are a couple possibilities!

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#14 Boil the Ocean

It would be difficult to boil the ocean. So what do people mean when they use this phrase. And what is the origin of it? Well it’s become a common in a modern office but the origin is more than 100 years ago. Let’s look at Boil the Ocean.

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#13 Move the Needle

Move the needle is a common phrase in corporate speak or corporate jargon. Have you heard it used before? Probably it has come up on occasion, but what does it mean and where did it come from?

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#12 Falling Down a Rabbit Hole

If you have ever got caught searching and searching and searching for things on the internet you might have fallen down a rabbit hole! See what this idiom means and where it comes from this week.

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#11 Nailed It!

People have been “nailing it” a lot on the internet these days! It’s quite a good thing to do, but what is it exactly? We’ll talk about what Nailed It! means and how to use it this week.

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#6 The Cold Shoulder

Have you gotten the Cold Shoulder? Have you given the Cold Shoulder? You probably have done both, but did you know why it’s called the cold shoulder? We’ll answer that question this week on the podcast..

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#5 Deadlines

You probably have a few deadlines you are facing right now! Deadlines are a fact of life in the modern working world. But why such a dark word? Are deadlines really a matter of life or death? I hope not! We talk about the origin of “deadline” in this episode.

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#4 White Elephants

Do you own any white elephants? You may not think so now, but after you hear this podcast you might change your mind. What is a white elephant and what does that name mean? We answer those questions this week on the podcast.

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#2 Southpaw!

If you are left-handed you have probably been called a Southpaw. It’s such a common word you might not have even thought of where it came from. But when you think about it what does it mean? South and paw are just not worlds to describe humans! 

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#1 – Quarantine!

This word has been used a lot in recent weeks and months all over the world. It’s an unpleasant word, but where does it come from? What is the history of the quarantine? In this episode of Where Did That Come From? we look at the origins of Quarantine.

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