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Flying Colors

Our entire English class passed the test with flying colors!

This particular saying is so prevalent and innocuous that it doesn’t even seem to have an origin. But it does. A pretty old one. FLYING COLORS, WITH – George Farquar, ‘The Beaux’s Stratagem (1706). Victorious; extremely successful. The term comes from the practice of a victorious fleet sailing into port with flags flying from all the mastheads. By the 1700’s this phrase was being used figuratively, signifying any kind of triumph.” According to “Fighting Words: From War, Rebellion, and other Combative Capers” by Christine Ammer (NTC Publishing Group, Chicago, Ill., 1989, 1999).

Who knew a phrase that is usually an indication of success or prevailing over an obstacle has its origin in victorious warring fleets? Then again, snatching the last sale-item on the rack gives me a zing that feels pretty darned atavistic.

Grammar Punk Sentence: P E 4

Beaming with pride, Estelle knew she’d passed the “How to be a Better Princess” course with flying colors; she’d show that Prince now!

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