Idiom: From Rags To Riches

From Rags To Riches

From Rags To Riches:
To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.
Rags to riches refers to any situation in which a person rises from poverty to wealth, and in some cases from absolute obscurity to heights of fame—sometimes instantly.


Idiom: Cup Of Joe

Cup Of Joe

Cup Of Joe:
A cup of coffee.

There are two popular theories about the origin of this phrase: One is in regards to Josephus Daniels, who was Secretary of the Navy. On the month of June, 1914, he banned all U.S. Navy ships from serving alcoholic beverages. The sailors weren’t too thrilled with the decision, because they had to resort to the next strongest drink on the list, which was coffee!

Since Josephus Daniels was the one responsible for banning alcohol and “forced” everyone to make the switch to coffee, the sailors nicknamed the drink after him, thus it became “a cup of joe,” Joe being short for Josephus. That’s the theory anyways.

However, a more plausible theory comes from Snopes, where it’s explained how the word “joe” can simply mean the average man. For example, perhaps you’ve heard someone say: “I’m just an average joe.” That means he’s just an every day, ordinary kind of guy. Therefore, a drink involving the word “joe” would show that the drink is for the common man, or the average person.


Idiom: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand:
Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.

On June 16, 1858, the Republican State Convention met in Springfield, Illinois, and chose Abraham Lincoln to run against Democrat Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate. Lincoln’s speech that evening was specifically about the problems of slavery in the United States, and especially the effect of the recent Dred Scott decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lincoln paraphrased the following passage from the Bible, Matthew 12:25, when he spoke of a house divided:

And Jesus knew their [the Pharisees’] thoughts, and said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”


Idiom: Help yourself

Help yourself

Please take what you want without asking permission.

Example: Sally: Can I have one of these doughnuts? Bill: Help yourself.