Cutting Corners Revisted

We learned a new idiom “Cutting Corners” a few days ago. Do you know where the idiom comes from?

: : : Where did the phrase “Cutting Corners” come from?

: : It’s a metaphor from driving – not necessarily motor driving, because it also applies to horse-drawn carriages. When you come to a sharp turn in the road, instead of going all the way to the corner and then turning, you can go diagonally across, and “cut the corner off”. This saves time, but entails a risk of clipping the curb and overturning, or being involved in a pile-up with another vehicle. Thus “to cut corners” means to discard normal safe practice in order to get fast results.

from The Phrase Finder

Let’s watch the video clip to review the meaning and the origin, and look at more example sentences.

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The Origins of Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. Did you call your mother? Do you wonder when and by whom the Mother’s Day celebrations started?

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day 2020 occurs on Sunday, May 10. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.

from History.com

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