Random Thoughts

July 24, 2007

From Digg: where phrases come from

Filed under: Cool Stuff — doctorfeelgood @ 7:19 am

I like this kinda stuff – go figure!

STUMP SOMEONE

Meaning: Ask someone a question they can’t answer
Origin: Actually refers to tree stumps. “Pioneers built their houses and barns out of logs … and they frequently swapped work with one another in clearing new ground. Some frontiersmen would brag about their ability to pull up big stumps, but it wasn’t unusual for the boaster to suffer defeat with a stubborn stump.” (From I’ve Got Goose Pimples, by Marvin Vanoni)

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