Out on a limb


     Out on a Limb

Time for some new discoveries of where your favorite phrase came from!


When a diet plan goes horribly wrong!

Skeletons in the closet – meaning something to hide, it comes from the fairy tale of Blue Beard and his famous closet.  Why famous?  Ask any of his mny wives.  He gave all the keys of the house to his wife when he left on business, forbidding her access to only one room, a closet at the end of a long corridor.  One wife opened the door, of course (just like those dense coeds in every slasher movie) and within she found the dead bodies of all his previous wives (murdered right after the wedding).


“You kept reading his blog but never bought his book?”

The third degree – This phrase is from the Masonic Lodge.  Within the lodge there are three degrees:  the Entered Apprentice, the Fellowcraft and the Master Mason.  To become a Third Degree (or Master Mason), one must submit to questioning.  The questioning for the third degree was known to be an intense ordeal, frightening and unpleasant.  It was also more physically challenging than the first two degrees.  The phrase now is used for any long and arduous questioning or interrogation.


“I don’t know why you guys are scared of these things, they’re great when it’s raining”

Kick the bucket– While there is an interesting origin related to stuck pigs, we’ll go with the more familiar explanation.  Often times, when people were hung somewhere other than a gallows, a bucket would be placed under the feet to be removed or “kicked” away, causing the person hanfg until dead.  Thus,”kicking the bucket” means to die.


Hope you got your eyes opened and your brains filled.  See you next month!

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