PRONUNCIATION: (bras taks)

MEANING: noun: Practical details; essentials; realities.

ETYMOLOGY: The term is typically used in the phrase “to get down to brass tacks”. There are many conjectures about the origins of the term, but it’s not confirmed why we say brass tacks, instead of, say iron tacks, or for that matter iron nails. Earliest documented use: 1863.

BRA STACKS - the stock room in Victoria's Secret

BASS TACKS - how the fish swims upstream

BRASS TANKS - used in stills in place of copper to make a higher-class moonshine