Greetings friends, and welcome to the Beach City BUZZ. As a writer (although some would disagree with that) I often wonder how certain sayings came to be, so let’s take a look at a few oddball phrases and find out how they originated: “Bringing home the bacon” - During the days when county fairs were popular, contestants would win a prize for catching a greased pig. Bringing home the bacon referred to the winnings. The phrase “Rub someone the wrong way” comes from Colonial times when servants had to wet-rub and then dry-rub wide oak floors. Unless washed with the grain, ugly streaks appeared, and it was known to irritate rich homeowners; If you’re “Top Banana” it has nothing to do with fruit trees in the jungle. Back in the days of Burlesque, showgirls in the dance finale formed what looked like a banana being peeled away. The star of the show was in the center, at the top, thus the term “Top Banana”; “Gung Ho”, (while not exactly on the menu at Billy Tse’s), does indeed go back to the Chinese who built the Great Wall. When a foreman would yell "Gung Ho" the workers would enthusiastically get busy in unison; “Skeleton in the closet” - In the 1800's, doctors had a problem obtaining cadavers in order to study them, and most doctors were lucky to get one in an entire lifetime. It became a treasured object, although society frowned on just hanging these things around, so they were often kept in the doctor’s closet. However, many patients assumed he had one hidden away. The phrase was later used for anything (shocking) that was hidden away from general public knowledge; Believe it or not, the phrase “O.K.” originated with President Martin Van Buren, who was born in Kinderhook, NY. His nickname was "Old Kinderhook." His supporters formed a campaign committee called the "Democratic O.K. (Old Kinderhook) Club." The campaign slogan caught on, giving us “O.K.”; "Piece of cake" goes back to an old 19th Century dance called the cakewalk, where the top prize was a slice of cake; Let’s get to the BUZZ - just “jump on the bandwagon” - (a phrase coined by PT Barnum, himself, referring to a wagon which carried a circus band)... Diane Colella emailed to let us know that on Wednesday, March 20, at 12:00 p.m., the Revere Woman’s Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Revere Youth Center, 150 Beach Street. Interim President Loretta Taibi has invited Dimple Rana, Neighborhood Organizer, Revere on the Move, to speak about the different initiatives that the Revere on the Move Task Force has been working on. Revere on the Move strives to make healthy eating and active living the easy choices on a daily basis for families in Revere. Assisting Loretta with the luncheon will be Sylvia Corin, Louise D’Amore, Charlene DelVecchio, Alice DeMattia and Joan DeNofrio...Some “punny” thoughts: I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it; The primary responsibility for a child's education is apparent; Her company distributes gift-boxed cashews, and she has a delivery guy that drives her nuts; When I want some great meat to put on the grill, I always go to Fiore’s Market on Revere Street. If I went elsewhere, it would be a “missed steak”...BUZZers, if you, or someone you know has experienced the devastating loss of a child, sibling, or grandchild, please know that an organization called “The Compassionate Friends” may be able to help you learn coping mechanisms and skills to assist surviving family members though rough times. The 36th Compassionate Friends National Conference will be held July 5-7 in Boston at the beautiful Boston Sheraton. Registration for the event is now open. Please visit www.compassionatefriends.org for more information about this amazing organization or the conference or fundraising events. So many have been helped by this wonderful group. Please check it out...Saturday, March 9 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., the Revere Public Library presents “A Walk With Nanny”. Come learn about Jamaica’s only female heroine, and her journey from Africa to Jamaica. It’s a fun 45 minute educational and highly interactive play for children in grades K - 5...Here’s a bit o‘ fun for the feeble-minded (grab a calculator - you won't be able to do this one in your head): 1. Key in the first three digits of your 7-digit phone number (NOT the area code); 2. Multiply by 80; 3. Add 1; 4. Multiply by 250; 5. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number; 6. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again; 7. Subtract 250; 8. Divide number by 2. What you have is your phone number. Very interesting! Give it a try!...That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend - SPRING FORWARD!! YESSSSS!!! Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember: Relationships are like yard sales. From a distance, it looks like it might be interesting, but close up, it’s just a lot of crap that you really don’t need...This week’s SMILEMAKERS: Matthew Maniscalco, Jessica Lovanna, Sheila Farrell, Karen Henneberry, John Barry, Martha Sanchez, Christine Benoit, Katherine Guzman, Bob Rotondo, Rachel Cashman, Zack Primo, Sandy Levine, Mary Jo Belmonte, Alfred Pisano, Dawn Schaefer, Justin Preston, Amber Cunningham, and Bob Connolly...Heeere’s the CHUCKLE (from Lorraine Zolla): A man and his wife walked into a dentist's office. The man said to the dentist, "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the anesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10:00 a.m. tee time at the best golf course in town and it's 9:30 already... I don't have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!' The dentist thought to himself, "My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain." So the dentist asks him, "Which tooth is it, sir?" The man turns to his wife and says, "Open your mouth, Honey, and show him...” Got comments? News? Announcements? Jokes? Suggestions? Want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, baby, divorce? Is your group running a fundraiser, meeting, or event? It’s National Procrastination Week! Tomorrow, get busy and email your BUZZ bits to: AndreaRevere@aol.com...Or snailmail the BUZZ at PO Box 101, Revere, MA 02151, and read it in The REVERE ADVOCATE!