“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”

The word “chiffon” started out as a French term for a rag or small piece of cloth. Several centuries ago, fabric and clothing manufacturers adopted it as the name of a light, airy fabric. This led to the use of “chiffon” as a generic or brand name for a number of other consumer products, ranging … Read more

“Back in the Saddle Again”

The idiom “back in the saddle again” was already in use before it was immortalized in song by the singing cowboy star Gene Autry. It was originally applied to cowboys and jockeys who were returning to work, riding on their horses again, after taking a break or recovering from an injury. By the late 1800s … Read more

“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”

When Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho was first released to movie theaters on June 16, 1960, it wasn’t immediately embraced by critics. For example, in a review published the next day by the New York Times, film critic Bosley Crowther sniffed that the ending “falls quite flat.” “But,” he added generously, “the acting is fair.” Of … Read more

“Never let them see you sweat” was launched into our language on this day in 1984…

In 1984, the Gillette Company launched a new series of TV commercials for its Dry Idea antiperspirants that introduced what eventually became one of the famous ad slogans of all time:      “Never let them see you sweat.” According to the Gillette’s trademark registration for the slogan, it was “first used in commerce” on June … Read more