You might be surprised to learn the word “chauvinist” is based on a person’s name—that would be Nicolas Chauvin, of France.
This is a debate that rages on in barbecue country, with passionate advocates on both sides.
Nothing beats the heat of a BBQ better than a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade. But did it ever occur to you that you should maybe thank a very special Bostonian for that chilly, chilly goodness?
In spite of all the evidence suggesting the contrary, the answer is no.
Since the default expression in a photo now is a smile, we shout “cheese” because the word is supposed to make the corners of our mouth lift and our teeth show.
Bridesmaids’ dresses now might be the source for collective groans and unflattering necklines, but their origins included a lot less taffeta and a lot more body guarding.