There is always intriguing history behind the vast, ever-expanding sea of words that is any language. It's just a matter of whether you take the time to get to know yours. Many of us may call English one of our most used languages, but how many of you have wondered about the origins of some of the English expressions we use on a most regular basis?

Here are the stories behind the origins of some of the most common phrases and expressions that we use. And they really are fascinating.

Feel free to use these lesser known facts about where this part of the English language came from, to remind your friend just how cool you are.

Stunning artwork by Rohit Jakhu

Masthead source: Newcastle University