Miscellaneous Derivations

Well, that excursion got us quite far from word origins, so I solemnly swear to return to the sheep. A 15th-century French farce featured a lawsuit over some stolen sheep, but the litigants kept wandering away from the point. The exasperated judge kept saying “revenons à ces moutons!” — let’s get back to the sheep — and it’s been slang for “return to the subject” ever since. (And if you believe I’m really going to live up to that promise, please contact me to inquire about the TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IN A NIGERIAN BANK ACCOUNT THAT IS WAITING JUST FOR YOU.)