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The burning question

Posted by Cranmer on August 06, 2004

In Reply to: The burning question posted by platypus on August 06, 2004

: : I know what this means, but how did it originate? Obviously saying that a question is a 'burning question', conveys a feeling that the question is both imperative, urgent and of the highest priority and importance. But who first said it - why 'burning'?

: I think Christopher Columbus brought it to America

used to be 'do you recant?'