August 21, 2008

Well-heeled

Well-heeled - prosperous

I don’t know a Manolo Blahnik from a Louis Vuitton but then I’m not well-heeled either!!!! :)

If you have an imagination as tame as mine, you’d assume that the origin of “well-heeled” comes from the plush set in their haute couture.
But no!!! The origin of the expression lies in the cock-fighting days of the yore when the contesting birds were equipped with the best spurs to cause the most damage. From there, it moved to the frontier days in America’s history when men carried concealed pistols in their boots. And as language knows no bounds, from concealed weapons it came to be used in reference to money (why?? don't know!!!!), as in the current usage.

Source:
answers.com, Google Images

4 comments:

666 said...

nice post. i actually wasnt aware of well heeled in the first place..

suramya said...

imaginagtion as tame as mine !!!!! Sorry to digress but I don't agree with that statement :), I knew about well heeled though, searched it up but didn't have time to write about it. And sorry to digress again but why do we have to scroll down so much to access the first post. Is there anything I can do to fix it??

666 said...

Suramya, it was grand'moi'ther's idea that lets have the maximum no. of posts displayed so that we dont have to keep clicking/browsing for old ones. For once, I side with our matriarch. But if young turk like yourself still has rebellion in your blood.. we can discuss :-)

Moi said...

matriarch??!!!! you make me sound old and what's worse "respectable"!!!! ;D

su: it's an issue with firefox..you gotta scroll down (for whatever reasons)but with IE, it comes up right where it should........

666: if we can fix this, let's do it..even if it means not having max. posts displayed on first page....also, let's upgrade this page where we can have "older posts" and "newer posts" at the bottom for easy navigation of the blog........