There has been a discussion in the newspaper about where the phrase, "She needs to put on her big girl panties," meaning she needs to grow up, comes from. Some have thought it was Oprah Winfrey, but others think it has been around longer than that. Does anyone know?
Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
For this meaning, Straight Dope seems to say that it was first found (by one of them so who knows how accurate it is) in 2003 by Chris Lindley, a landscape designer. Here's the quote:
I found a discussion about this phrase at The straight Dope.
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Interesting discussion, though I can't believe Margaret Spellings would chime in like that.