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    Question Etymology of an expression.

    English is not my first language, and even though I've had a great education as a Medical Doctor I would like to know more about origins of various common expressions. It may sound silly, but I want to learn where the phrase "light a match" comes from in a context of bad odor.

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    Re: Etymology of an expression.

    You'll find many etymology sites here: https://www.usingenglish.com/links/E...y_and_History/
    I think the idea of lighting a match is that it will burn off certain gases that cause bad smells.

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    Thumbs up Re: Etymology of an expression.

    Thank you for the prompt response. I suspected it was the case, but was not sure.

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