from the cradle to the grave
From birth to death, throughout life, as in This health plan will cover you from cradle to grave. Richard Steele used the term in The Tatler (1709): “A modest fellow never has a doubt from his cradle to his grave.” [c. 1700]
From The Grammys To The Oscars: The Stories Behind The NamesAre you familiar with how your favorite award show got its name?
From The Waltz To The Jitterbug: How Classic Dances Got Their NamesAs you may suspect, the term “ballroom dancing” originates with the word “ball.” But what you may not know is that “ball” comes from the Latin word ballare, which means “to dance.” So what about all those dances performed in the ballroom? How did they get their names? The waltz The waltz is now considered a harmless, traditional type of ballroom dancing. But in 1825, it …
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