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Author Topic:   Where did that phrase come from...
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posted October 27, 2003 01:23 PM            
From which classic did all of the following phrases originate:

Mum's the word.
Thank you for nothing.
No love lost.
Give the devil his due.
Smell a rat.
Sky's the limit.
Within a stone’s throw
Make hay while the sun shines
Every man for himself
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
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The answer is Don Quixote, by Cervantes. An English contemporary of Cervantes, named Shelton, translated the book, so he could be said to have partly invented the phrases.

And no, I have not read the book…just passing it on.

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A2597
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posted November 02, 2003 05:15 PM            
its a good story...

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