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  • 300 game cards
  • First to 30 points wins
  • Bluff your way to a win
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  • A game of phrases, fakery, finesse, and fun
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  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3 x 8.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: 0979182778
  • Item model number: 1061
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,882 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Can you guess the Origin of "Hit the sack"?

From the Manufacturer

In Origins of Expressions, players receive a common everyday phrase, such as "Baker's Dozen," and write a story explaining the phrase's origin. It doesn't matter if you know the origin, all you need to do is convince the other players you do. Each player votes on the story they believe is the real origin of the phrase. Each vote you get earns you points.

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Customer Reviews

It is fun and very interesting.
Margie Eddy-Forbes
I've always wanted to know what a lot of these expressions mean and now I know!
S. Hart
It is flexible so you can play in teams if you have a large group.
Rachel McEwen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ceciliani on October 8, 2009
I got this game as a birthday present in February. I finally got around to opening it and brought it to my Sunday game group. They liked it a lot. During the first round, one player fooled three of the other four players with his bluff answer. One other person actually knew the correct answer to two of the phrases and wrote it down, before hearing the choices. This game is similar to Balderdash and Malarky in which players submit bluff answers and then try to guess which of the answers is the correct one. I like games that involve bluffing, so I'll definitely be bringing this game back to the group on a regular basis. The only problem with games like this is sometimes you can't read an answer because the person's handwriting is awful. Other than that, a good game where you can learn something.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MaraMiami on March 15, 2009
The game "Origins" says it's for 2-4 players, but we played with nine players last night (at a Mensa games night) and had a wonderful evening. The questions are fun, challenging, and fascinating. I came to Amazon this morning in the hope that there would be a volume 2 or a newer edition, because we used up the whole box, and the same group cannot use the same cards twice (everyone would remember the answers). So like Trivial Pursuit, the game designer has to unveil a new edition SOON!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Hart on December 18, 2008
What I really like about this game is that it is very informative and educational but in a really, really fun way. You have to guess the origins on a number of different sayings and expressions but you also get to try and bluff about the origin, which can be really funny! I've always wanted to know what a lot of these expressions mean and now I know! Great game for the whole family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cardon on January 3, 2013
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If you've every enjoyed Balderdash, you'll love Origin. The game is simple, but fun, and rarely dominated by any one player. The mechanics are simple:
1. the reader draws a card that lists a common phrase such as "cat got your tongue"
2. Every player writes down on a piece of paper their explanation for where the phrase came from. (the player that's reading simply copies the "real" answer from the card"
3. The reader collects all answers, and then reads them out loud.
4. Each player selects the explanation that they think is correct, and the the reader reveals the truth.
5. Players score 1 point for each person that guesses his or her explanation. Each player that selects the right answer gets a bonus point. If no player selects the right answer then the reader gets a bonus.
6. The next player becomes the reader.

Very simple, but tons of fun. There are enough different phrases in the box to keep it interesting for a good long time.

My only complaint is that the correct answers are written much more formally than most people write. So if the reader copies them word for word, it is usually pretty easy to detect the correct answer. When we play we have the reader paraphrase the correct answer to make it more challenging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margie Eddy-Forbes on January 7, 2009
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This board game takes a few minutes for players to get into but once they figure out that you don't have to know the answer and that you can B.S. your way to winning, they love it. It is fun and very interesting. Never know when some of the questions will end up on a Trivia night. Worth the time and effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Simpson on January 30, 2011
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Great game for keeping the mind engaged. It is a really fun game, but definitely depends on the crowd. Our family is very into board games, and this reminds us of the original Balderdash, we have enjoyed playing it so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T on August 10, 2010
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This is a fun game for three or more people... the more people the better. You will learn about the origin of certain words or phrases while also learning about other players and how convincing they can be about their own made up origin. This is a fun game for adults or intelligent young adults.
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By B. Matulionis on September 18, 2013
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It seems a bit challenging at first. But once you get the hang of it....its a little easier. Definitely a brain challenge.
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