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Old 01 November 2017, 05:39 PM
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So, not sure if these fit, but two of my favorites, no memory of where I heard the explanation.
When people say someone is the spit'n image of someone else, it's not a contraction of spitting image as(as most people seem to think) but rather of 'spirit and image' which actually makes sense.

And when someone says to 'mind your Ps and Qs, that supposedly comes from "pints and quarts", in old pubs, where they would make marks for every pint or quart you ordered. If you let yourself become inebriated and didn't pay careful attention, they could easily charge you for more ale than you had actually consumed. That one sounds a bit too pat to me, but may still be true.
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