1. Fox News: Yellow journalism at its finest!
Meaning: Journalism in which sensational stories are used to boost sales, or biased reporting is used to change the reader's views on an issue. Both of these are unethical.
Origin: Americanism. The phrase originated in the 1890s to describe the tactics used in competition by William Randolf Hearst's New York Morning Journal, and Joseph Pulitzer's New York World newspapers. It started when one of Pulitzer's cartoonists got famous for his comic strip called "The Yellow Boy". Hearst then secretly hired this cartoonist to draw for his newspaper, causing a furious rivalry between the two newspapers. This rivalry caused so much attention that it sparked the name "yellow journalism".
2. People have been interested in the stars and the moon since the year one.
Meaning: a very, very long time.
A distinction: To say this doesn't necessarily mean the first year, but just when you reference something from a very long time ago. "The year one" is American English, while the British and Australians tend to say "The Year Dot," as in: There have been people living in Australia since the year dot, but Europeans have only been there for about two hundred years.
3. I was so surprised you could have knocked me over with a feather!
A thought: How funny is this image? We know feathers weigh nothing, but the idea is that you're so disoriented and off your game by shocking news, that even a feather could come right up and knock you over is baffling and funny at the same time. It's like in those cartoons where the feather is the very last thing to land and push something over the edge or knock something over. Silly.
Note: I am so sorry I'm five days behind on commenting, but I plan to get caught up this weekend. I do appreciate everyone whose been commenting. Really. :HUGS: