17 November 2009

Small scale mysteries

Two little tidbits have been nagging my distracted brain all day today. One way to conquer this beast is to write it down and get it out of the inside of my head. Ah, sweet release. Still don't know the answers, but I can finally move on.

Question 1: What is the origin of the word "fussbudget?" It is such a funny word, but the literal deconstruction leaves me at a loss.

Question 2: What is the origin of the phrase "resting on your laurels?" Why would anyone rest on a laurel? Laurel is not a synonym for rear-end, last I checked.

Just curious.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't a Laurel a dainty little flower? That wouldn't even make a sturdy bench of any sort.