Odds and Ends

The phrase dates back to the fifteen hundreds and was originally “odd ends.” This was the label used with the material to make garments. When someone reached the end of a roll, there was a piece left that was not large enough to do much with it. This was called an odd end. 

By the late sixteen hundreds, the phrase had expanded to become odds and ends with the same use, except now it had developed to include any leftover item. Then in the eighteen hundreds, it became a cliché much as we know it today. It remains a part of speech and is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as “various things of different types, usually small and not important, or of little value.”

The one common thread across all modern definitions is that when something is labeled as “odds and ends.” They are an item of insignificance and have no value. They are unimportant scraps with little to no use. 

Today’s reminder is that with God, there are no people who are odds and ends. None. 


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