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(From The Jakarta Post)
from THE JAKARTA POST -- SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2006 -- PAGE 19 Ever wonder where particular sayings or words come from? Some have very interesting origins and far more suggestive than one would suspect, while others that sound downright bawdy are totally innocent
- Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down -- hence the expression "to get fired." - To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles
- The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" comes from when …