Glad to hear you find this interesting. Here are two more for you to enjoy:2 - A la mode -
from the French, fashionable or stylish; American, topped with ice cream (merriam-webster.com; dictionary.com)
The phrase à la mode was imported into English as a francophile (and therefore stylish) way of saying "in style."
Though clearly of French origin, most of the history of the phrase is in English. In the 1600s, alamode as a noun referred to a type of silk, according to Esther Singleton and Russell Sturgis, The Furniture of Our Forefathers, volume 2 (1906)
: Alamode, a thin, glossy, black silk, is mentioned in 1676 in company with "Taffaties, Sarsenets and Lutes."
In the US - "Someone felt that pie with ice cream was fashionably delicious and gave it the name pie à la mode. It sounded cool and it stuck. I think it wasn't meant to mean "ice cream" though the ice cream is what made it fashionable." At least this is how one story goes. For an interesting etymology of the phrase as well as additional uses, read http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10438/origin-of-the-meaning-of-%C3%A0-la-mode
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to ignore something and pretend you do not see it (thefreedictionary.com); To knowingly refuse to acknowledge something which you know to be real.
The phrase to turn a blind eye is attributed to an incident in the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Nelson was blinded in one eye early in his Royal Navy career. During the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 the cautious Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, in overall command of the British forces, sent a signal to Nelson's forces ordering them to discontinue the action. Naval orders were transmitted via a system of signal flags at that time. When this order was given to the more aggressive Nelson's attention, he lifted his telescope up to his blind eye, said, "I really do not see the signal," and most of his forces continued to press home the attack. The frigates supporting the line-of-battle ships did break off, in one case suffering severe losses in the retreat.
There is a misconception that the order was to be obeyed at Nelson's discretion, but this is contradicted by the fact that it was a general order to all the attacking ships (some of whom did break off), and that later that day Nelson openly stated that he had "fought contrary to orders". Sir Hyde Parker was recalled in disgrace and Nelson appointed Commander-in-Chief of the fleet following the battle. (Wikipedia.org)