Have any favorites? I used the phrase "selling like hotcakes" earlier and wondered about its origins. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/6/messages/241.html In some cases I've found that I completely misuderstood the meaning of the phrase. For example, IIRC, the phrase "going off half-cocked" was an expression used in the civil war that literally meant that a soldier's gun was almost ready to fire. I don't know what exactly I thought it meant to be fully cocked, as opposed to half-cocked, but now it seems to refer more to a state of mind.