From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 4:55 AM
Subject: Fw: Why?………because
do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes
have buttons on the left?
buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily
by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to
push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because
wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons
on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have
do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for
comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning 'help me' — and is
pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'
are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?
France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the
scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is
French for 'the egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US ,
Americans (mis)pronounced it 'love.'
do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,
documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented
an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X
and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
is shifting responsibility to someone else called 'passing the
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a
buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.
If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing,
he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.
do people clink their glasses before drinking a
used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering
him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe,
it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his
drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it
simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch
or clink the host's glass with his own.
are people in the public eye said to be 'in the
in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning
a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the
theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the center of
is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud
of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain,
with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on
cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly
golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of
France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' He had the
first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make
sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played,
Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary
liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a very good
idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French,
the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it
are many coin collection jar banks shaped like
ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange
clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this
clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English
potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled
a pig and it caught on.