Why Do We Say Goodbye? It Used To Be "God Be With You" Before Shakespeare

MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT...how it came to be: When eating stew during Europe's medieval time, a person would have to watch carefully when bones separated from meat, that they didn't choke.

Some would gag on imaginary bones. So a person making objections or showing hesitation was said to "find bones." In contrast, a person who plunged boldly ahead was said to "make no bones about it."

SUNDAE: In the 1870s Evanston, Illinois, passed a law forbidding the sale of ice cream sodas on Sunday. Ice cream with syrup but no soda water became known as a Sunday soda. That was modified to Sundae because city officials objected to naming a dessert after the day of worship.

HARD-BOILED -- this refers not to a cooked egg but to a shirt that was washed by American pioneers boiling water so long and so heavily starched to become hard. The term later came to refer to a person who is callous, unfeeling and tough.

RUBBER: For 200 years after Columbus first brought back a substance "caoutchouc"from America ("East India"). the only use for it was to rub out pencil marks. "East Indian Rubber" was the name given to what today has thousands of uses.

WELL-HEELED: To make fighting cocks in the Middle Ages as deadly as possible, metal spurs were strapped to their heels. The term for such a bird, armed for a fight to the death, became applied to anyone who had plenty of fighting resources in the form of money.