"The hardest portion of English, I must say it: Idioms." Flula Borg
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Draw a blank
In Tudor England Elizabeth I, in an attempt to turn around a national debt, signed the license in 1567 to have a national lottery. Drawing a blank was a phrase used when someone drew a blank lottery ticket. It's a pretty fascinating history, read about it here.
Throughout the centuries the phrase evolved into how we use it today, to fail to recall a memory or fail in some speculative effort.