You may remember a few days ago that I corrected myself in saying "spitting image." I had found out that it was really "spit AND image." Well. I decided to double check my facts and found this little beauty:
"Spitting image/spit and image: These phrases mean "exact likeness." "Spitting image" is first
recorded in 1901; "spit and image" is a bit older (from the late 19th century), which seems to refute the explanation "splitting image" (two split halves of the same tree)."
It would seem that I was wrong about being wrong (and so were a lot of you guys too). "Spitting image" is apparently also correct! HAH, WE WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG. And we knew that, of course, right? We were just testing everyone else...