Origin of the Species VI


I keep getting many comments about my ‘Origin’ articles, where we delve into the pedigrees of phrases in this wonderful language of ours. I will share a few more, which will certainly make you think before using the phrase the next time.


In the late 18th century while travelling, politician and diplomat, Benjamin Hawkins, travelling, was requested by the American President to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek" it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek First Nations and not a body of water.