Monday, May 7, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

Nick of Time
How did we get the expression "in the nick of time"?

In medieval days a "tally" was used to register attendance in colleges and churches. The "tally" was a stick of wood and attendance was indicated by a nick or notch on it. The student or worshipper who arrived in time had his attendance "nicked"---and so arrived "in the nick of time."

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