(n.) A scapegoat is an event person or object that is used to lay the blame on for all that goes wrong, regardless of the contributions of others. This will usually carry on until the scapegoat has gone, or has managed to successfully defend itself against the arguements presented to it.
The word comes from Judaism. During mass reconciliation the rabbi would bring a goat to the alter. The sins of the people would be absorbed into the goat, and it would then be killed, its' blood staining the alter until cleansed. This is what Jesus Christ
reflected in his crucifixion, being a scapegoat.
(v.) to make the scapegoat
I will not be made a scapegoat.
To be a scapegoat is to take heat
Scapegoat was often burned, but sometimes the poor stole it and ate it.
Explaining to children about sex.
: Daddy, how are babies made?
: Daddy plants a seed in mummys' tummy
: Does she swallow the seed?
: Only if she wants a new dress
: What is a masturbation?
: That's a mouthfull for someone of your age
: No, a mouthfulls a blow job.
(n.) a black eye. Term is of Irish origin where it was a punishment for not keeping machinery shiney delivered from the boot of a British officer.
That's quite a shiner on your face
When an ethnic minority makes unfounded assertions that he/she is being rejected by society because those who made the decision are racist.
Of course, the racist card will still be availiable.
According to Greek legend, the first woman, Pandora, was actually sent as a curse to Zues' men (See, you knew it was true, guys) and was given a present upon her marriage. The present was a box that she was told never to open. Needless to say her curiosity got the better of her (like eating forbidden fruit) and she unleashed eight demons unto the world. The first seven being the seven deadly sins, and the last, which she managed to capture, was hope.
Today, much like christianity's idea of biting forbidden fruit, opening pandora's box refers to getting into a situation over which one has very little control over.
The assassinating on Austrian Archduke ferdinand in 1914 opened pandora's box for Europe.