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Who Knew? Game“Get your goat”… “3 sheets to the wind”… “Mind your P’s and Q’s… Have you ever heard a phrase, a commonly used idiom perhaps, and wondered…What does that mean?  Why do we use it?  Where did that come from?  If so, then Who Knew? is the perfect game for you!  Filled to the brim with phrases, idioms and quotes, Who Knew? asks you to figure out who said it, what it means and where it comes from; and the answers may surprise you!  Not only is Who Knew? full of big laughs and good times, it’s also full of interesting trivia that you won’t find elsewhere.

Price: $26.00 Free shipping within continental US

Dimensions: Length 11", Width 5.50", Height 2.50", Weight 1.37 lb. 

REVIEWS, COMMENTS

What others are saying about Who New?:

Christopher Richter (from Boardgaming For the Win): “Who Knew? is a game I can take to any family gathering & have a good old time.”

Joseph Nicholas (from indietabletop): “I do enjoy what I can get out of the game, I definitely know a lot of interesting facts about random things and feel I would most likely bust them out in conversation.”

Hatherleigh Press: “Lots of fun. Makes you want to read all the information on the card. We found ourselves saying.

Behind the scenes in the making of Who Knew?.

Who NewEvery day it is common to either to hear or use ourselves a well-known quote, phrase, or idiom. Indeed they are a part of our daily life.

Who uttered them first? What do they really mean? What is their origin? Let’s take a look:

FAMOUS SAYINGS:

Sayings that usually become popular are ones that were first spoken by someone famous. The saying was either insightful, witty or it was a blunder they wish they could take back.

Consider these for example:

  • “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
  • “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – Alfred Hitchcock
  • “I have strong opinions – really strong opinions – I just don’t agree with all of them.” – George W. Bush
  • “When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
  • “I never learned anything while I was talking.” – Larry King
  • “If we don’t succeed we run the risk of failure” – Dan Quayle

You can’t help but have a good laugh, take pause at the wit or just ponder its depth…the point is you then want to remember it and repeat it to someone else. That is the thinking that went into collecting quotes for Who Knew?

Be on the lookout for the second edition!

IDIOMS:

The word idiom was coined in Greece around 1565 BC. It means a form of speech peculiar to a people or place. Idioms are made up from a common word or words which mean something different from the word’s literal meaning.

For example the idiom “I heard it through the grape vine” taken literally could cause you think a person heard information through the vine from a grape plant! What does it mean and how did the expression come about?

In the mid 1800’s telegraphs wires were first strung up to send Morse Code. Because of not being able to stretch the wire tight the telegraph wire often hung like an actual grapevine. During the American Civil War the Telegraph was used to send vital information to troops. Soon it was common to hear the expression the “grapevine telegraph” and in 1852 the term “grapevine telegraph” appeared in the US Dictionary. Over time the expression was shorten to “grapevine”. Today the expression “I heard it through the grapevine” has taken on a broader meaning, which is: “A piece of information obtained through an informal contact.”

No doubt this broader meaning was helped by the 1968 Motown hit by Marvin Gaye “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and the 1988 California Raisin Commercial that used the same song.

Some idioms become popular over a long period of time and then it becomes difficult to determine with certainty its actual origin. In cases like these we endeavored to use the one that seemed the most logical.

In the English language alone there are over 25,000 idioms or phrases. They enrich our language and can convey subtle meanings to the intended audience.

Our goal in creating the game Who Knew? was to bring to light some of these idioms, phrases and famous quotes, along with their meanings and origin in a fun multiple choice game that would bring laughter and enlightenment through a stimulating interchange with family and friends.