Monday 21 May 2007

Phrase of the Day 85: 'gift of the gab'

"to have the gift of the gab"

definition: If you have the gift of the gab you have the ability to talk a lot, and can often persuade other people to do what you want.

(vyřídilka, dobře proříznutá ústa)

example: 'He was born with the gift of the gab., and became very sucessful in advertising'

origin: The primitive Celtic word for mouth was Gab, but the expression is more likely based on the Middle English Gabbe meaning "idle talk". Gab however remains in modern use as the basis of Goblet and the slang Gob for mouth. Gab, for mouth, was known in 1811.

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