Faraz Saberi
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The expression "to get on one's soapbox" is a common phrase that we use to describe someone who is speaking passionately and at length about a particular topic or issue. But where does this expression come from?

The origins of this phrase can be traced back to the 19th century, when public speaking was a popular form of entertainment and political persuasion. During this time, it was common for speakers to stand on a raised platform or stage, which was often made from a simple wooden box or crate. This allowed them to be seen and heard by a larger audience, especially in crowded or noisy spaces.

The term "soapbox" specifically refers to the use of soap crates, which were cheap and easy to obtain. These boxes were often used by street vendors to display and sell their wares, but they were also repurposed by speakers who wanted to be seen and heard above the crowd. By standing on a soapbox, speakers could elevate themselves and their message, which was especially important in the days before microphones and amplification.

Over time, the phrase "to get on one's soapbox" came to mean more than just standing on a raised platform. It became a shorthand for passionate and sometimes grandiose speech-making, often with the implication that the speaker is trying to impose their views on others. Today, we use this expression to describe anyone who is speaking loudly and at length about a particular topic, whether or not they are actually standing on a soapbox.

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