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English Proverbs

500 English proverbs, many with their origin and first usage.

Phrases coined at sea

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American origin

Lots of English was born in the USA. Check this list of American phrases.

Phrases coined by William Shakespeare

The Bard added more new words and expressions to the English language than any other writer. Here's a list of phrases from Shakespeare.

Phrases first found in the Bible

The Bible contains many expressions that are commonplace in our language. Here's our list of phrases from the Bible.


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Famous Last Words

Read our Famous Last Words to find out who said what before they bit the dust. Also, a special form of last words - notable suicide notes.


A list of misquotes. If you prefer, we also have real quotes.