The word 'critical" has three meanings which are dangerous, important, and disapproving. The purpose of this blog is to examine important or over-looked cultural, political, artistic, or historical issues of our time. Also, this blog is intended to be educational.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Common Expressions and their Origins, No. 11: Rub The Wrong Way
part of an oak-board floor
Meaning: To irritate, bother, or annoy someone
colonial America, servants were required to wet-rub and dry-rub the oak-board
floors each week. Doing it against the grain caused streaks to form, making the
wood look awful and irritating the homeowner.