Feb 16 2009
Things that freakin’ haunt you. Once when I was in Beijing, a teacher asked me about the meaning of the phrase, “dressed to the nines.” She was using the Madonna soundtrack, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” to help her class learn English:
Me: Oh, it means to be well dressed.
Her: (Horror!!!) What is the origin of this phrase?
Me: Well…it came from.. history…about…stuff.
Her: If you don’t know answer, that is okay. I’ll ask someone else.
Me: No, I’m sure that is the meaning…really!
Okay now I know. Still, a horrible feeling.
I often have this fear of not being able to answer simple questions about things I should know.
So, in the interest of useless knowledge, the origins of the word Baidu.
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