Month: February 2016

Weird & Whacky

What are “Brass Tacks”?

The phrase “get down to brass tacks” means to focus on facts or essential details. Although the origin is debated, the most sensible meaning seems to be related to cutting cloth. A yard of cloth used to be inaccurately measured by holding it at arm’s length.  At some point, tacks …
Weird & Whacky

What is a “Straw Poll”?

A straw poll is an unofficial vote, used to get an understanding of attendees’ feelings toward a certain issue. Straw polls use the honor system and are non-binding. The name refers to a straw (a thin plant stalk) that will bend based on the direction of the wind. In the …