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Where does the expression 'to boot' come from?


For example: 'He was a brilliant mathematician and a good artist to boot.' Probably an old-fashioned phrase now but interesting nonetheless.

 

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    Ann Carr (annart) 4 years ago

    Yes, I always thought it was referring to something 'extra' but have never come across an explanation of why - your story is an interesting theory. Thanks for answering.


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    Ann Carr (annart) 4 years ago

    Great answer which makes huge sense to me as a language teacher! I think it still retains its meaning of an advantage because it's often applied to someone who has some extra talent or asset. Thanks for answering.

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    Ann Carr (annart) 4 years ago

    What it the Anacreontic Song? Thanks for answering.


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