Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush rolling hills and vales of green. Poet William Drennan is thought to be the first to use the phrase in print, in his poem When Erin First Rose.

Ever wonder where the phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” comes from? In the 17th century many homeless cats and dogs would drown and float down the streets of England, making it look like it literally rained cats and dogs.

The sole term in English to begin with “tm” is “Tmesis,” the insertion of words between a compound phrase, as in “what-so-ever” inserted in the middle of “whatever.”

Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother, was known as and is still called the “King of Rabbits” because he mispronounced the Dutch phrase “I am your king” and instead said “I am your rabbit” when he took over the Netherlands in 1806.

Lions are symbols of strength and courage and have been celebrated throughout history for these characteristics. They are also common symbols for royalty and stateliness, hence the phrase ‘king of the jungle’.