Posted by ESC on October 21, 2003
In Reply to: Smithereens posted by Bob Rollins on October 20, 2003
: I submit that the word 'smithereens' refers to the sparks or slag-waste in a Smith's shop. Therefore, the phrase: "Blown to smithereenes" refers to that part after the blow, not worth keeping.
Interesting. We have discussed this word some, but I can't find much in the archives.