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Why do we say a graduating lawyer has “passed the bar”?
To control rowdiness, a wooden bar was built across early courtrooms to separate the judge, lawyers, and other principle players from the riffraff seated in the public area. That bar, first used in the sixteenth century, also underlies the English word barrister, the lawyer who argues the case in court. When someone has “passed the bar” or has been “called to the bar,” it means he or she is now allowed into the closed-off area.
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What is a mammal?
What is the Moon?
What is fire?
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Why do we say, “It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey”?
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