The return of our monthly feature edumicating you on those catch-phrases and cliché expressions we’re all so fond of using. Surprises are in store when you read how these sayings came about!
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – the gum lines of horses recede with age. Looking in the horse’s mouth, then, tells you how old the horse is and, presumably, its usefulness. Therefore, looking a gift horse in the mouth is trying to determine the value of the horse that was given to you freely (like scanning for the price tag on a birthday gift). Most people consider this rude, since the act of giving should count more than the value of the gift. In other words, it’s a gift…just accept it!
“Wilburrr…what are you looking at?”
To skin a cat – as in “There’s more than one way…” However, most people don’t realize it was originally “…to skin a catfish“! As you might expect, there are numerous ways to remove the tough skin from a catfish to get to the preferred filet meat for cooking (yum!).
“And you wonder why we don’t like water?”
If the shoe fits…
Congratulations, you’ve been learned! Be back next month for another brain-expanding edition!