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I sang to her forty.

Do you know where this popular phrase comes from?

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Many of the phrases we use do not have a literal sense, but we all know what they mean. If anyone comes and says, “I sang to her forty,” we'll all know what they mean.
“ Singing forty” to someone is telling the truths on their face. It is to expose the negative opinions you have about that person or make it clear that we do not agree with something he did or said. That's what we're all in agreement. Perhaps few of us know, however, where that expression comes from.
This saying originated in a game of cards:  the tute . “The forties” are the combination of the king and the horse of the palo del pinte or triumph. The one who sings the forty is usually the most likely to win or, at least, who dominates the situation, because singing them improves their score and can have the game in hand.
But, moreover, the one who sings the forties usually do it effusively, with force, and sometimes even hitting the table with energy to demonstrate the power and control he exerts over the game.
From this attitude is that the meaning of the expression we use on a daily basis comes: things clear, straight ahead and, at best, with the reason on our side.

Publication Date: 18/05/2019

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