Have you ever wondered about the origin of an unusual word or phrase? If you Google the term, chances are you'll find an investigation by The Word Detective.
Written by Evan Morris, the site is based on a newspaper column carried around the world. It depends on reader questions, which are responded to in the column with wit and erudition. Ever wondered where the term "to take a cotton" came from? (As in, "he took a cotton to fiddle playing.") Check out the issue from March 2, 2001 (using your browser's in-page search is a good idea with this site). How about "boondoggle?" See April 26, 2001.