Candiss Cowan presents this series of video shorts on the origin of Colonial expressions.
- Episode 1: Doing Shots
In the first episode, we find out where the word “shot” comes from which has a different meaning than our present day association with an ounce of liquor.
- Episode 2: Mind your Ps & Qs
In this video short, Candiss Cowan explains the origin of the expression “Mind your Ps & Qs”. Learn what the letters “P” and “Q” stand for and and in what social context this saying was appropriate.
- Episode 3: Best Foot Forward
In this episode, Candiss explains the origin of the expression “Best Foot Forward”. Today it means to “behave very well in order to gain someone’s approval” but in Colonial times it wasn’t a saying as much as a social gesture.
- Episode 4: Don't Fly Off The Handle
In this video short, Candiss explains the origin of the expression “Don’t Fly Off The Handle”. Today it means to “become very angry and lose control over your emotions” but in Colonial times it referred to a common household item.
- Episode 5: Worth Your Salt
In this video short, Candiss explains the origin of the expression “Worth Your Salt.” Today it “means you’re competent and deserve what you’re earning.” Find out why your worth was measured in salt.
- Episode 6: All Around the House
This episode is featured above.