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Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

What Do You Mean by the Term Nothing to Sneeze At?

What Do You Mean by the Term Nothing to Sneeze At?

This saying, which has been around since the early 1800s, may come from the idea that someone might turn up his or her nose at something unimportant or unworthy.

When you say something is “nothing to sneeze at,” you’re saying it’s actually important. For example, coming in second place in the science fair is nothing to sneeze at.

Even though you didn’t come in first, second place is still an important accomplishment.

Content for this question contributed by Marshall Fox, resident of Three Rivers, Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA