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.
A wise man once told me that Cowboys used the phrase to describe money or gold or some other form of currency thrown in on top of a trade to make the trade even and give the the other a little something to stick in his boot, once a commonplace to store extra cash to conceal it. Hope this helps!
I don't know where it came from, but, it is used in the Anacreontic Song. So, it's been around for awhile.
What it the Anacreontic Song? Thanks for answering.
It is a song that was sung by the Anacreontic Society; an English club of Amateur musicians and poets in the 18th century. The Anacreontic Song is the song used by the United States of America as its National Anthem.
It has nothing to do with shoes, which is what the word "boot" is generally used for these days. As far as the phrase is concerned, the word "boot" has earlier origins, stemming from Middle English word "bote", which actually meant "better, best; to an advantage". That ME word probably has Germanic origins (where most of our English language stems from).
Today, it generally means "in addition to", but you can see how it has evolved from "to the betterment/advantage" into what it is now.
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