Back in your school English classes, your teacher instructed you in the wonders of figurative language. But there is a whole realm of language mechanics that even the bravest high school educator will not breach.
The history of French toast, like the food itself, is rich but not very transparent. Similar recipes date all the way back to ancient Greece.
Bell-bottom pants didn’t simply co-evolve with the polyester leisure suit.
The punctuation was easier back when it was called Armistice Day.
The cinnamon that is spicing up your pumpkin latte was once considered so rare and precious that it was a gift suitable for kings and gods.
It was Shakespeare who helped formalize our English version of the phrase in Julius Caesar: “It was Greek to me.” But English isn’t the only language that adopted this idiom.