01. WHY:
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes 
have buttons on the left?
BECAUSE:
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily 
by the rich.
Since most people areright-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the 
right through holes on the left.
Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons 
on the maid's right!
And that's where women's buttons have remained since.
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02. WHY:
Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?
BECAUSE:
This comes from the French word m'aidez – meaning 'help me' - and is 
pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'
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03. WHY
Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?
BECAUSE:
In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard 
looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'the egg.'
When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans (naturally), 
mispronounced it 'love.'
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04. WHY:
Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
BECAUSE:
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, 
documents were often signed using an X.
Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in 
the document.
The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
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05. WHY:
Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called 'passing the buck'?
BECAUSE:
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, 
from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.
If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he 
would 'pass the buck' to the next player.
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06. WHY:
Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
BECAUSE:
In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an 
enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.
To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a 
guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host.
Both men would drink it simultaneously.
When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's 
glass with his own.
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07. WHY:
Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?
BECAUSE:
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by 
burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.
In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the centre of attention.
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08. WHY:
Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?
BECAUSE:
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, 
with nine being the highest cloud.
If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well 
above worldly cares.
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09. WHY:
In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
BECAUSE:
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of 
France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.'
He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.
To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, 
Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good 
idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.
In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day' and the Scots changed 
it into caddie.
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10. WHY:
Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
BECAUSE:
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay 
called 'pygg'.
When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known 
as 'pygg banks.'
When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that 
resembled a pig.
And it caught on.