We've long used the phrase "spot on" to mean something is correct/flawless or done correctly/flawlessly. Basically, the phrase has been used in the same applications where one might say something is "right on the money", for example.
I have been unable to find any other references on the web or in the thesaurus to this phrase, however... which makes me wonder how far spread it's usage is, and if it has simply fallen out of use over the years or is more of a local slang term (we are located in a predominantly PA Deutch, rural area).
Anyone else familiar with the phrase "Spot on", or have any clues as to it's origin? (On an aside... I also raise purebred show dogs, and seem to recall the phrase "Spot On" being used as the registered name for a top winning fox terrier dog during the early 1900's, probably named so in reference to the dog's near perfect conformation.)
Lewis Joplin II
This is what I've found so far:|
spot on, adv. "(U.S. equivalent: on the nose). Informal. Meaning, 'in exactly the right place.' The British congratulated Messrs. Neil Armstrong & Co. for landing spot-on target. (Related phrases) Also bang on; dead on." From "British English A to Zed" by Norman W. Schur (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, HarperPerrennial edition, 1991)
Thank you! That makes perfect sense. "Spot on" being like dead on or right on target. Sounds like it may have originated with hitting a target. |
I appreciate your help, as I was considering using this phrase in naming one of my show dogs, and wanted to be able to better explain it when people asked why we named him such.