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    Phrase Origins

    Happy As a Clam

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    There's two versions of this phrase. The full version is "as happy as a clam at high tide [or water]," and then there's the shorter version "as happy as a clam." Why, though, would a clam would be "happy" in the first place? Well, the reason for that is actually highlighted in the full version of this expression.

    Basically, clams are most vulnerable when the tides are low because that's the time when people can easily dig them up out of the ground. In higher waters, however, clams are far more difficult to find and dig up. Hence, a clam is "happiest" during a high tide, or high waters, because it means they are less likely to be caught and eaten!

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    Re: Phrase Origins

    Cold Turkey

    meaning "suddenly or without preparation", from cold turkey being a dish that requires little preparation; originally used for heroin addicts. From the American phrase talk turkey meaning "to speak bluntly with little preparation".
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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