Cliche Sunday

on a Monday again! Yesterday just slipped by so quickly.  I meant all day to sit and write, but that never happened. On the bright side, my bedroom, which my husband tore apart about 4 years ago, was finally finished yesterday! And I have to say, my hubby does GOOD work. Painted, new lights, new decorations, new finish trim on windows/closets. It’s like living in a whole new room.

But onto the clichés–see, I got distracted by the bedroom all over again! I do believe we left off at the “J’s,” so now it is on to “K.”

kangaroo court: a fake court, not legal in any sense of the word.  Contrary to our first impression, this is an Americanism and not related to Australia at all. The most likely reason is claim jumper, as the term seems to coincide with the Gold Rush. While this is no longer the case, kangaroo courts were in once a form of frontier justice. In small towns or territories with no established justice system, courts were set up whenever a claim was jumped or something else went awry in the territories.As they were not legal officers, sometimes the courts were in fact a form of rough frontier justice.

keep the ball rolling: to maintain momentum on a project. I have heard this often enough, but until tonight I never actually wondered why one would want a ball to keep rolling. The American phrase was predated by the British “keep the ball up.” Now, keeping a ball aloft makes much more sense.  The British phrase dates back to the eighteenth century, and is first used in print by Jeremy Bentam.  The American version owes its conception from General William Harrison’s presidential campaign against Martin Van Buren. After coming up with the slogan:

Don’t you hear from every quarter, quarter, quarter,
Good news and true,
That swift the ball is rolling on
For Tippecanoe and Tyler Too

Harrison’s campaign also came up with the idea of pushing actual balls from town to town to keep the momentum up fo his candidacy.

kit and caboodle: a collection of something, in its entirety. Ok, so here is why I picked this one: what the heck is a caboodle?? Strangely, it means almost the same thing as a kit:

Kit–a set of items, such as a tool kit or medical kit
Boodle–a group, usually meaning people, or estates

Boodle is an Americanized version of the Dutch boedel, meaning property or goods. The ‘Ca’ was most likely added to the ‘boodle’ simply due to our love of alliteration.


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