One of my favorite places in my house is my screened porch. I showed you ‘before’ pictures a few days ago and now here it is all spick and span and ready for your visit.
I decided to look up the phrase spick and span because even though I use it, I have no idea of its origins. If the internet is correct, then spick is old English for spike and span is old Norse wood chips or shavings. New ships were described as being brand new with new light-colored wood and new nails – spick and span. Span can also refer to wooden spoons and how lightly colored they are when they are brand new and not stained. We get the spelling spic (without a “k”)and span from the cleaner, however most spellings are spick and span.
I learned something new today. Or should I say, I learnt something new today since I am speaking old English. Have you ever tried to talk without using euphemisms or idioms. It’s not easy. In fact, I’m in over my head here juggling frogs when I try to beat my gums intelligibly without idioms!