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8 Origins of Popular Sayings (Slideshow)

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1. “Motley Crew.”

Meaning: A group of misbehaving ne’er-do-wells.

Background: Motley was once a type of fabric, and, eventually, the type of clothing made from the cloth. The most famous motley  wearers in the 16th century were court jesters, and the multi-colored, patchwork fabric eventually became a go-to style for stage performers. Groups of these performers eventually became known as “motley crews.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:00PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thanks

2:44AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thanks for this interesting information.

8:06AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Very interesting...thanks 4 sharing it!

1:44PM PDT on May 24, 2013

I do enjoy the origin of words or sayings.

12:17PM PDT on May 15, 2013

I really loved this

7:51PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Really loved this article!

4:26AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Really Neat Article! TY!

10:53PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thanks.

9:47PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Interesting, thanks.

7:28AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Fascinating stuff...

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