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The Origin of Expressions

3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • 300 game cards
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  • Bluff your way to a win
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  • A game of phrases, fakery, finesse, and fun
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Product Description

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.5 x 3 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN 0979182778
Item model number 1061
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #223,443 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,877 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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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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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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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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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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I purchased 2 other bluffing games thinking they were this one, and even after trying the other two this one is still my favorite. Takes some patience and people who like to be creative. May want to have a few mini notebooks and pens for extra writing material. Would also suggest adding 30 more seconds to the timer to allow time for more creative answers.
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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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Let's just say, I had more fun with this than everyone else did. It's nice for the creative and curious mind but most people will not enjoy it and easily give up trying to create a story about the origin. I'll keep it in my collection but I think kids would enjoy this more than adults or maybe it would be a good educational game to play in class.
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By pdlngrb on December 20, 2012
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I have the game out of the ninties and liked it so much that I
ordered this one and one for a gift. Have not opened it yet
but if it is nearly as good as the previous one, am sure will
love it.
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