On the subject of idioms=I use a lot of idioms. I like idioms. The same daughter that corrected my sorry "typing" reference also told me that they are currently learning about idioms at school. She was shocked at how many of her class mates couldn't spontaneously give a specific example of an idiom although they had without doubt heard boat loads of idioms throughout their 13 year lives. Once revealed, they smiled and said, "Oh is that what they are called?" For A, it does pay to have a somewhat crazy -bats in the belfry- idiom spewing Mom in her life who also collects vintage dictionaries!! What do you call that? It's on the tip of my tongue, oh yes, a book worm!!
If you think about it, words and phrases like "groovy", "cool", "swell", "gee whiz" and "the cat's pajamas", all make you think of a certain time. Sometimes, over the years, different age groups and situations change the meaning of a word. The result is that over time people react very differently to that word than may have been the case 5, 10 or 50 years ago. Think about songs of 50 or 60 years in the past which included a word meant to simply mean happy and carefree and now means something about lifestyle choice. See what I mean?
Here's a question for you all-- who decided that all bad words would have 4 letters????? When I was younger I would remember that bit of trivia as I would spell out the word for the thing that holds back water in a river because I didn't want to accidentally spell that OTHER word!
As I pondered this world of words it brought to mind a silly slang phrase I had heard many times= "23 skiddoo". I knew the general intended meaning based on how it can be used in a sentence but did not know the origin meaning. So I researched. Now even though I prefer the good ol' well used and worn paper pages between a hard cover when I do research, this time I let the browser bar do the searching for me. As with many phrases, there are several speculations as to initial origin as well as some slight variations of meanings. One such origin has to do with this building, of all things. It is the Flatiron Building in 1903. When this wonderfully unique building was combined with some physics involving the wind and then women's dress skirts were add in, it gave birth to a new phrase. Read about "23 skiddoo". It's your lesson for today. You never know when there will be a pop quiz. If you are ever asked about this as a contestant on game show you can thank me.