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Gah! People are idiots who don't know where their idioms come from.
Black hats and White hats stem from black and white western movies, the villains always wore black hats and the heroes always wore white hats so you could tell who was who. Nothing to do with race, everything to do with film.
The goodest guy: Hopalong Cassidy - who dressed completely in black. Must have been pretty damn darn hot in that outfit (Hoppy would never say the "D" word !). What makes it still a decent show is that he solved problems with his brains - even though good with a gun.
What's really cool about the old-time movies (serials) is that after a fight they'd not have any black-and-blue marks, typically their hat was never knocked off, and surprisingly often, their suit wasn't even dirty!
Being "Black Balled", in its current usage, is a Masonic term. When the members vote to let in a new perspective candidate, or not, they casting of a black ball by any member was enough to deny the application. Similarly, to be "black balled" in the current meaning, is to be denied something based upon a single (or more) blemish on some sort of ledger (employement, club membership, etc.)
An interesting thing is the very serious secrecy of the balloting process. To reveal how one has voted to anyone else - even another member of high rank - is a very serious breach of the rules. In more modern times, when moved to the public voting, it has since been called the Australian Ballot.
To be "hoodwinked" is another term brought into common usage from Masonic procedures, although in this case the implications in the vernacular, is that of shady dealings.
I remember, when I was a small lad, that my father came home from his warehouse with the news that the Air Force dictated that all components labeled 'male / female' should be changed to 'inner / outer'. This struct me as being worse the the original.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
A man on TV said that in order to have inner peace in our lives, we should always finish what we start. Since we could all do with some more calm in our lives, I looked around the house to find things I'd started, but hadn't finished.
I finished a bottle or Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a boddle of Baileys, a buttle of Wum, and a box of chucluts.
U has no ida how pissful I fel righ now ...
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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