Chauffeur

Wouldn’t it be nice to get into a limo in the morning, a cup of coffee in one hand, your newspaper in the other? The only thing required of you would be to tell your chauffeur where you want him to take you.

No skin off my back

Surprisingly, this phrase hasn’t been around for too long. First used in the early twentieth century, its variations include “no skin off my nose” and “no skin off my teeth.” Of course, “no skin off my back” is the most common version in America, and it comes from the age-old punishment of flogging.

The 3rd degree

To give someone the 3rd degree is to subject them to an intense line of questioning. Usually, the term is used in reference to a police interrogation, but its origins actually stem from Freemasonry.

For Pete’s sake!

If you’ve ever been fresh out of patience, chances are you’ve uttered the phrase, “For Pete’s sake!” Of course, let’s be honest; you don’t always use the name Pete (and if you did, then you possess purer virtues than the author).

Labor of love

When we talk about something being a “labor of love,” we’re referring to work that we do for the sheer pleasure of it or perhaps for another’s benefit. The phrase, which we still use frequently today, has one of the oldest origins ever featured in the Where’d it come from series.