Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Origin of The Expression "Off The Cuff"

In the past before such things like personal organisers and similar.... Gentlemen sometimes used the cuffs of their shirts to write down notes and reminders. Likewise, informal dinner speeches were often made with the aid of a couple of notes scribled down hastily on a cuff.
From this practice, we have the idea that something spontaneous and made with little preparation is "Off the cuff."
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