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Why Americans are Obsessed with Time

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Why Americans are Obsessed with Time

Americans are so obsessed with time that The Free Dictionary lists over 300 ‘time’ idioms; many of which are found in the previous paragraph. And in the U.S. business world, it’s essential to be on time. Lateness to work or to meetings is considered rude, disrespectful, and an indication of poor time-management skills.

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Holy Cow! More Than an American Outcry

Commonly used by American baseball players as early as 1913. They used “Holy cow!” in place of obscene words in order to avoid penalties during the game. Famous Chicago Cubs sports broadcaster, Harry Caray, used the term often to prevent himself from using vulgar language on-air. Popular New York Yankee shortstop and later announcer, Phil Rizzuto, was also famous for using the term. (Cont)

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What Does "Cloak and Dagger" Really Mean?

So literally, a cloak is a type of long, loose coat and a dagger is a small sharp knife used as a weapon. But figuratively, 'cloak and dagger' has the same feel as the expression 'smoke and mirrors' in that they both conjure up images of espionage, secrecy, and deceit. There are a couple different theories as to how this expression came to be (cont.)

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