7 Old Sayings and Their Origins ...


Archaeologists track the past, siblings track their family history, and I track old sayings and their origins. It's fascinating how people capture and hold on to elements of the past and incorporate them into everyday living. Something that does inevitably get handed down throughout generations are common sayings. Now it's time to discover more about old sayings and their origins.

1. Break the Ice

Sometimes it can be difficult to trace old sayings and their origins. However, "break the ice" is a pretty easy one. Broadly speaking, back in the 1500’s ice-breaking ships were introduced to inhabited polar regions. You can’t explore this part of the world without breaking the ice. Similar to icy company, discover the person by simply breaking the ice.

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