buy a pig in a poke
To buy something sight unseen (a “poke” is a bag): “The mail-order offer sounded like a bargain, but I didn't want to buy a pig in a poke.”
What exactly is Pig Latin, is it a language? And how is it a mystery?
What language do these words come from: ouch-cay, appy-hay, and ender-tay? If you guessed Pig Latin, you’re correct. Pig Latin is not actually a language but a language game that children (and some adults) use to speak “in code.” Pig Latin words are formed by altering words in English. Here’s how it works: First, pick any English word. We’ll use “dictionary.” Next, move the first consonant or …
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