Rema’s First Ever: “Making Heads or Tails of Idioms” Newsletter. Volume 1. Issue 1.
Original Release: 2/21/2010
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What was said? Making Heads or Tails of Idioms
Did someone really say that? Yes- It’s the name of this email if you haven’t noticed already!
What does it mean? It means being able to make something out. Alternatively, not being able to make heads or tails of something means that it is ambiguous, puzzling, or unclear. The phrase head or tail is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘one thing or another’, so etymologically speaking, the singular makes some sense. In England, they say “making head or tail of whatever” in the singular version… damn brits.
Origin: back to the time when money was created.
Heads or tails or Head or tail<http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/head+or+tail>, this side or that side; this thing or that; — a phrase used in throwing a coin to decide a choice, question, or stake, head being the side of the coin bearing the effigy or principal figure (or, in case there is no head or face on either side, that side which has the date on it), and tail the other side.
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