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The Life of Riley History and Origin

Marie-Claire from Montreal, Canada, wonders why we say that someone living in carefree luxury is living the life of Riley. No one’s sure this expression’s origin, although it may be associated with a 19th-century vaudeville song about an...

“Doozy” is Not from the Car

On a previous episode, we discussed the origins of doozy, and boy did we get some responses! Many of you called and wrote to say that the Duesenberg luxury car is the source of the term. While the car’s reputation for automotive excellence may...

rebadging

rebadging  n.— «In a practice sometimes called “rebadging” or “rebranding,” base models of used cars have other features such as sunroofs, leather seats or roof racks added—along with badges or stickers indicating...

shooting brake

shooting brake  n.— «Mercedes calls the Fascination a modern twist on a body style known in Europe as the “shooting brake,” which, according to tradition, is a luxury coupe with the rear end of a wagon. As such, the Fascination...

have-yacht

have-yacht  n.— «Yacht is seen as another luxury after big houses and big-brand cars, with new words even coined for the City of London—the “have-yacht” and “have-nots.”» —“ Yacht sales to mirror UK...